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Norman L. Roggow

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

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Norman Roggow
The remains of Lt. jg Norman L. Roggow, 26 -year old Naval Aviator, who was killed in action on Oct. 8, 1967 in Vietnam were recovered and repatriated to the United States and his family for burial in Iowa.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2007 at Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars, with Reverend Larry Fett officiating. Inurnment was in Memorial Cemetery, with military honors provided by the United States Navy and the Wasmer American Legion Post #241 of Le Mars. Roggow's family was present to greet friends from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Funeral arrangements were made by Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars..

Norman Lee Roggow was born Aug. 25, 1941 in Kansas City, Mo to Orville and Linda (Beckman) Roggow. He attended high school at Brooke Consolidated High School, rural Peterson. He graduated from Wayne State College with a BA in Business Management and was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy in February of 1964.

Upon completion of Flight Training, he was designated a Naval Aviator in June of 1965. LTJG Roggow reported to VT-1 as a Flight Instructor. In October of 1966, he reported to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron Eleven.

He was transferred to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 111, Detachment 34 in April of 1967. LTJG Roggow died on Oct. 8, 1967 14 miles Northwest of Da Nang, South Vietnam as a result of an aircraft accident while on an operational flight from Chu Lai, South Vietnam to the USS Oriskany off the coast of Vietnam. LTJG Roggow was awarded an Air Medal, National Defense Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal with a Bronze Star, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

While in high school, Norman enjoyed playing on the basketball team. In college at Wayne State, Norman was a member of the Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity.

Roggow's father passed away on Dec. 25, 2005 and his mother passed away on March 1, 2000.

Survivors include three sisters, Connace Fraser and her husband Larry of Hutchinson, Minn., Marva Hansen and her husband Joe of Omaha, Neb., Diane Roggow of Le Mars, and a brother, Curtis Roggow and his wife Kathy of Shawnee, Kan.; and eight nieces and nephews and 10 great nieces and nephews and two great-great nieces.