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Bertram Joseph Rodgers

Date of birth: March 18, 1894
Date of death: December 1, 1983
Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, Knoxville
Home of record: Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Bertram Rodgers graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1916. He retired as a U.S. Navy Vice Admiral.


Navy Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain Bertram Joseph Rodgers, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. SALT LAKE CITY (CA-25), during operations in the Aleutian Islands on 26 March 1943. During a 3 1/2-hour engagement with an enemy force of far greater strength, Captain Rodgers handled his cruiser with such excellent judgment and skill that she was able to inflict severe damage on one heavy cruiser and lesser damage on another heavy, and a light cruiser. His outstanding achievement contributed to the withdrawal of the Japanese force and frustrated their desperate attempt to reinforce troops in the Aleutian Islands. Captain Rodgers' conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 319 (October 1943)

Action Date: March 26, 1943

Service: Navy

Rank: Captain

Company: Commanding Officer

Division: U.S.S. Salt Lake City (CA-25)