John Augustus Rodgers
Rear Admiral, United States Navy
father of Commander John Rodgers, USN, he was
born in 1848 at Harve de Grace, Maryland, a little town on the mouth of
the Susquehanna River where the Rodgers family had made its home for many
His father, Robert Smith Rodgers was a Colonel in the Civil War and his uncle, Rear Admiral John Rodgers was a well known naval figure of his time and the first to rise to the rank of rear admiral. His mother, Sarah C. Perry Rodgers, was a daughter of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, who made history in Japan, and a niece of Commodore Oliver Hazzard Perry, whose classic "We have met the enemy and they are ours" is still a classic in naval tradition.
Since 1900, five active rear admirals in the Navy have been members of the Rodgers family.
John Augustus Rodgers was appointed to the
Naval Academy by President in 1863 and he long served on active duty in
the Navy. He died on March 2, 1933, at the age of 83, and was buried among
other family members in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery.
The official crest of JOHN RODGERS symbolizes the service of three members of a prominent Navy family. The anchor represents the service of Commodore John Rodgers, who acted as President of the Board of Naval Commissioners, following the War of 1812, until 1837. His son, Rear Admiral John Rodgers, led exploring expeditions in Chinese waters and through the Bering Strait in 1855; the compass rose is symbolic of his service. Commander John Rodgers II, great-grandson of Commodore Rodgers, was a pioneer of Naval Aviation, and his service is alluded to by the wings.
The sea eagle, a sharp-eyed, marine bird-of-prey,
represents the ship's primary mission of detection and tracking, with the
addition of incredibly deadly striking ability. The three arrowheads refer
to the multi-mission capabilities of the SPRUANCE Class destroyer, as well
as the Naval service of the father, son, and great-grandson for whom the
ship is named.
Photo Courtesy of the Library of Congress
RODGERS, JOHN A
RODGERS, ROBT C/O ROBT
Photo By Michael Robert Patterson, 1999
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