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1873-1883, QM-0000, Naval Station, Great Lakes, IL
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1856 - 1883
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Rawdon, Quebec. Accredited to: New York
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He was buried at Forest Home Cemetery, in Forest Park, Chicago.

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Nov 01, 1905
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QM Samuel F. Rogers, USN
Civil War and First Korean War

Samuel F. Rogers (year born is unknown, assumed to be around 1834, died November 1, 1905) was a United States Navy Quartermaster, received the Medal of Honor for actions during the Korean Expedition. He was awarded the medal for his rescue of the mortally wounded Lieutenant Hugh McKee.  He was buried at Forest Home Cemetery, in Forest Park, Chicago.

Korean Expedition Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in Rawdon, Quebec, he served as a US Navy Quartermaster on board the U.S.S. Colorado. During an attack on Korean forts at positions called the Citadel, June 11, 1871, Quartermaster Rogers was part of the landing party. In the assault, the leading officer was wounded and even though himself wounded, Quartermaster Rogers fought courageously in hand-to-hand combat to protect the officer. For gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was awarded the Medal of Honor on February 8, 1872. He was also a veteran of the Civil War.

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Rank and organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy. Born: 1834, Rawdon, Quebec. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 169, 8 February 1872.


On board the U.S.S. Colorado during the attack and capture of the Korean forts, 11 June 1871. Fighting courageously at the side of Lt. McKee during this action, Rogers was wounded by the enemy.

"Samuel F. Rogers is believed to have been born in about 1834 in Rawdon, Quebec, youngest son of Robert and Mary Rogers of County Monaghan Ireland. In his teens, he moved to Montreal with his older siblings, and first signed up in the US navy in 1856 on the bark Eagle of New Bedford. From 1856 to 1873, he served a series of three-year commissions in the navy, with stints of between a few days and a few months in between staying with his siblings, who had scattered to different parts of Quebec and New York State, not owning his own property until the 1890s, and never marrying. The highlights of his naval career include service on board the San Jacinta in 1860, in which the San Jacinta captured and boarded the brigs Storm King of Congo and the Boneta off the coast of east Africa, liberating 690 and 603 slaves respectively, who were headed for the US market. The would-be slaves were returned to Munrovia, Liberia, and the crews of the captured ships were returned as prisoners of war to Fort Warren, Boston.

He also served in the bark Horace Beale in 1862 and was part of the convoy that bombarded Fort Jackson and Fort Phillip at the mouth of the Mississippi River, forcing the surrender of New Orleans to Federal forces. Lastly, he served on board the U.S.S. Colorado in the Korean War of 1871, winning a Congressional Medal of Honour for defending the life of his lieutenant during the fight for Fort ?. From 1862 on, he had the rank of "Chief Quarter Master". From 1873 to 1883, he took various short-term assignments as quartermaster on schooners on the Great Lakes System. During the 1890s, he was a lighthouse keeper at Spectacle Reef, Northern Lake Huron and South Channel and Grand Marais, Michigan. Some time during these latter years, he bought a property at Grand Marais, where he lived until his death in about 1905. He had by that time been joined by his sister Jane and niece Laura, who was blind, and to whom he left his property."

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The United States expedition to Korea or Shinmiyangyo or simply the Korean Expedition of 1871 was the first American  military action in Korea. It took place predominantly on and around the Korean island of Ganghwa. The reason for the presence of the American naval force in Korea was to support an American diplomatic delegation sent to establish trade and political relations with the peninsular nation, to ascertain the fate of the General Sherman merchant ship, and to establish a treaty assuring aid for shipwrecked sailors. When Korean shore batteries attacked two American warships on June 1, 1871, a punitive expedition was launched ten days later after the commanding American admiral failed to receive an official apology from the Koreans. The isolationist nature of the Joseon Dynasty government and the assertiveness of the Americans led to a misunderstanding between the two parties that changed a diplomatic expedition into an armed conflict. On June 10, about 650 Americans landed and captured several forts, killing over 200 Korean troops with a loss of only three dead. Korea continued to refuse to negotiate with the United States until 1882.

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