While a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill, George Rogers joined the U.S. Navy’s B12 Officer Training Program. In the summer of 1944, he attended midshipman school at Columbia University. He was commissioned in October of that year at the Cathedral St. John the Divine. He then attended communication school at Harvard in Boston, Mass.
Rogers was deployed to the Pacific in 1945 and assigned as a transit to the USS Louisville. On the island of Okinawa he was transferred to the USS Missouri where he remained for the duration of the war. Rogers was aboard the Missouri on September 2, 1945 and witnessed the Japanese Surrender Ceremony.
Transscript Number 059
Title: George Rogers: Remembering World War II
Interviewee: George Rogers, Jr.
Interviewer: Paul Zarbock and Ray Wyche
Date of Interview: June 2, 2001
Location of Interview: Whiteville, N.C.
Description: 1 Mini-DV Cassette Tape (ca. 52 min.) sd., col.
Documentation: 1 Typed Transcript
Series: World War II Veterans Oral History Preservation Project
Series: Voices of Experience