Lunch & Learn: Decatur Hero of WWII

September 19 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Learn the fascinating history of Lt. Rogers, a World War II Hero from Decatur and the winding journey the author took to discovery. The story will uncover heroism, classified documents, and family lore. Robert J. Rogers received the Distinguished Service Cross (posthumously) for his heroism in connection with military operations while serving serving as an Officer of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 460th Bombardment Group.

Program presented by Mike Pratt.

Mike Pratt is a former DeKalb History Center board member and volunteer. He is a battlefield archaeologist and forensic anthropologist who retired to Atlanta in 2016. Formerly Associate Provost and Dean of Miami University’s Regional Campuses in Ohio, Mike spent 28 years as an anthropology faculty member and administrator at Heidelberg University, Tiffin Ohio. As an archaeologist he conducted research and archaeological surveys at the 1794 Fallen Timbers, 1813 River Raisin, 1815 Mackinac Island and 1863 Buffington Island Battlefields. As a forensic anthropologist he was a consultant to the Lucas County, Ohio Coroner for more than 20 years and was a member of DMORT, a federal mass fatality response team. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve and Miami Universities.

Mike and his wife, Patty, now live in Tucker.

Check out the series of blog posts written about Lt. Rogers here!

Watch Presentation Here

Tuesday, September 19, 2024, at the DeKalb History Center 


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