Update: Friday, Congressman John B. Larson released the following statement on the passing of First Lieutenant Christopher Rogan of Berlin:
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and community coping with the loss of Christopher Rogan. A West Point Graduate and Army Ranger, First Lieutenant Rogan served his nation with integrity and courageousness. One of the kindest men my office has ever nominated to West Point, this news is truly heartbreaking. As all of us mourn in the wake of his passing, I offer whatever help I can provide to his family through this difficult time.”
Family, friends and town officials continue to mourn the loss of Lt. Christopher Rogan, a 2006 Berlin High School graduate and lifelong town resident, who died Sunday at a military base in Kentucky.
"We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Chris Rogan, a graduate of Berlin High School and West Point Military Academy. He exemplified all of the ideals that we value in Berlin,” Mayor Adam Salina told WTNH.
Rogan, a Ranger in the U.S. Army, recently finished a tour of duty in Afghanistan and had been assigned to Fort Campbell in Kentucky, which sits near the border with Tennessee.
According to his obituary, funeral services will be held at Porter’s Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway, in Berlin at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 18. He will be buried at West Point Cemetery in New York.
Friends and relatives are invited to call the funeral home on Sunday, March 17, from 2 to 6 p.m. The full obituary is toward the bottom of this article.
Neither the U.S. Army nor local police in Clarksville, TN, have released information on his death, although police told the Associated Press Rogan's body was found at his home and that there is an ongoing investigation. Reached for comment on Thursday, the police department said there is no new information on the investigation.
Rogan is the second serviceman to die this week in Connecticut. U.S. Army Capt. Andrew Michael Pedersen-Keel was killed Monday in Afghanistan.
Here is Rogan’s full obituary, courtesy of Porter’s Funeral Home.
BERLIN — First Lieutenant Christopher Hunt Rogan, 24, beloved son of David and Grace Rogan, a lifelong resident of Berlin, died unexpectedly March 10, 2013, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Born in Hartford, he was a 2006 graduate of Berlin High School. Beginning as a young boy and with the deep love and guidance from his parents and paternal grandparents he reveled in learning American History, and developed a wide range of interests including a keen sense of the importance of altruism and civic mindedness.
However, his intense thirst for knowledge did not detract from his early love of baseball, scouting, and football. From Little League and continuing as a pitcher in the AAU ranks with the Connecticut Bombers and Connecticut Blaze, to becoming an Eagle Scout and a high school football letterman, his devotion in those areas ranked only second to his lifelong aspiration to serving in the US Army which ultimately lead to a relatively short but remarkable career.
Garnering nominations from Senator Joseph Leiberman and Congressman John Larson, Christopher attended West Point Military Academy where he excelled in his academic pursuits and gained awards and recognition for his senior thesis on defense and strategic strategies, and was a member of The Knights of Columbus and the Calvary Club.
He successfully completed Ranger School, proudly served a tour of duty in Afghanistan, and was pursuing his goal to become a member of the US Army Special Forces. His commendations included the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantry Badge, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. He always maintained his modest demeanor and displayed unending respect toward all he encountered.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving and proud brother Brian Rogan, his paternal grandparents Mary and Joseph Rogan, his maternal grandmother Anne-Marie Sasseville, and several aunts, uncles, and many first cousins in the Rogan, Sasseville, Banks, and Monikowski families. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather Andre Sasseville who served in the Canadian Army in the Korean War. Christopher will forever remain an enormous source of pride for his entire family, and there are no words to express the unfathomable chasm left by his passing.
Funeral services will be held Monday (March 18, 2013) at 9 a.m. from Porter's Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway, Berlin, with a Funeral Liturgy at 10am at St. Paul Church. Burial will be Wednesday in West Point Cemetery, New York. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Sunday (March 17, 2013) from 2-6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations in his memory be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256. The entire Rogan family sincerely appreciates the outpouring of love and support extended by so many friends in the saddest of times.