“Forever Loved, Never Forgotten”

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PO2 Dwight F. Rogers, Jr. was the son of Dwight F. Rogers, Sr., and the late Tina L. Rogers. He was also the son of Karen L. Meadows-Rogers. Growing up, Dwight played sports with his siblings Arin and Alexis, whether football or track. He sang in the chorus with his brother and had a lovely singing voice. Dwight was known for his witty personality. Academically, he was in the Gifted and Talented program all through school and enrolled in honors and AP classes. His love for engineering began in middle school when he participated in a robotics camp and later in PMECS (Partners for Minorities in Engineering and Computer Science) at the University of South Carolina – Columbia Campus. He decided that he wanted to be a Mechanical Engineer. As a student at Spartanburg High School, he enrolled in engineering classes at Daniel Morgan Technology Center. Dwight graduated in the top thirty percent of his graduating class and received academic honors. After graduating from high school, he continued his education on a full scholarship at South Carolina State University for Mechanical Engineering and Track and Field. Dwight was a Triathlete and was very good at the triple jump. After two years in college, he decided to serve his country and joined the Navy. He graduated top of his class in boot camp out of 699 recruits!

Dwight was the life of the party, and we miss him every day. There’s not one day we do not think about him.  He was a son, a brother, a father of three, a husband, a nephew, and a friend. May his legacy live forever in the hearts of those who knew him.