John C. Rogers, Sr. - Veteran

During the month of June, the 477th flag to fly atop Old Glory Tower in the North End honors the memory of John C. Rogers, Sr. of North Dartmouth. 

Mr. Rogers served in the United States Navy during WWII in the Landing Craft Infantry Division. He attended the Naval Training Station in Norfolk, Va. and served as Cook 2nd Class aboard the USS Loy (L213) and USS LSM-384.

Rogers, also known as "Johnny DeMarguida," was the husband of Maria O. (Almeida) Rogers and lived in New Bedford for many years; but resided in Dartmouth since 1969.

Rogers received the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal, the American Area Service Medal, the European African Middle-Eastern Theater Medal with six stars and the World War II Victory Medal.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Fort Phoenix Post 2892 in Fairhaven and was an avid ham radio operator (K1SLI). He was a member of the Southeastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association and the Merchant Mariners Club.

In the 1950s and 1960s, he was the leader of Johnny Rogers and his Band, and later played with the Four Kings. He received numerous awards in recognition of his Cape Verdean music and was widely known for his guitar playing and solos. 

Rogers had three sons: John Rogers, Jr. of Marion, Jerry Rogers of Sandisfield and Jaimie Rogers of Lowell; three daughters: Jean DaSilva of Marion, Janice Rogers of South Dartmouth and June Evora of North Dartmouth. Mr. Rogers also had two sisters: Agnes Fortes of New Bedford and Maria Sylvia of Dartmouth; 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Benvinda Roderiques and Mabel Correia.

Roger's daughter Jean said "this is the perfect month to honor my father since his twins, Jerry and June, both share his birthday month, which is the month of June." The late Joseph Theodore, a World War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient began the practice of flying veterans' flags above the Old Glory Tower 44 years ago. 

Linda Ferreira, a marketing representative at Ashley Ford in New Bedford, researches the life histories of area veterans. Paul Neary, general manager of the dealership, raises the memorial flags on the veterans' behalf.  Those who would like to honor a veteran by flying a flag at Old Glory Tower can contact Ferreira at (508) 996-5611 or at


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