Thomas E. Rogers was born on 9 September 1917 in Huntsville, Alabama. He attended Huntsville High School and graduaated Auburn University with a BS in Business Administration. Thomas Rogers volunteered for cadet training and graduated with his wings on 9 October 1942. Lieutenant Rogers flew 163 combat missions in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations during World War II, being credited with two Japanese Zeros, two probable kills and one damaged.For his heroic combat actions, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross - twice. Lieutenant Colonel Thomas E. Rogers retired from the US Air Force on 30 November 1968.