USS Rogers (DD-876) Howard's hand-written comments: USS Rodgers. 2200 Destroyer. She was coming at me very slow.
USS Rogers (DD-876) was a Gearing-class destroyer of the United States Navy. She was named for three brothers — Jack E. Rogers Jr., Charles E. Rogers, and Edwin K. Rogers — killed in action board USS New Orleans (CA-32) during the Battle of Tassafaronga in the Solomon Islands on 30 November 1942.
Rogers was laid down by the Consolidated Steel Corporation at Orange, Texas on 3 June 1944, launched on 20 November 1944 by Mrs. J. E. Rogers, Sr. and commissioned on 26 March 1945.
Rogers operated with the Seventh Fleet in support of United Nations Forces during the Korean War, alternated operations along the west coast and in Hawaiian waters with deployments to the western Pacific with the Seventh Fleet, underwent an extensive Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization (FRAM) overhaul at the Charleston Naval Shipyard in 1963, and served as plane guard for carriers on Yankee Station in the Tonkin Gulf, participated in Sea Dragon and Market Time operations, patrolled on search and rescue duties and carried out Naval Gunfire Support missions during the conflict in Vietnam.
Rogers was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for action in Hawaiian waters on 14 January 1969 when she came alongside Enterprise (CVN-65) to assist during a raging flight-deck fire.
Rogers was decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 October 1980, transferred to South Korea on 25 July 1981 and renamed Jeong Ju.
The ROKS Jeon Ju, formerly the USS Rogers, was transferred to the Republic of Korea Navy on 25 July 1981.