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Maj. Alan Rogers, First Known Gay Afghanistan Casualty, Had a Graveside DADT Party

Well this is pretty bittersweet: Army Maj. Alan Rogers, the first known openly gay soldier to die while on duty in Afghanistan, was honored by friends on Saturday at his grave in Arlington National Cemetery, commemorating the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

 

Rogers, who died in January 2008 when his Humvee hit a roadside bomb, was the subject of a letter read aloud on the chamber floor in February by Virgina’s Rep. Jim Moran, which was written by a comrade who “learned that a fellow soldier was also gay, only after he was killed by an IED in Iraq. The partner of the deceased soldier wrote the unit to say how much the victim had loved the military; how they were the only family he had ever known.”

On Saturday, friends or Rogers laid a rainbow lei, flowers, and a Christmas wreath at his grave. Read one note left beside his tombstone: “Alan, we did it.”

[photos: NYDN]

By:           Max Simon
On:           Dec 21, 2010
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  • 16 Comments
    • Mountainword
      Mountainword

      Very sweet! Bittersweet, and very nice.

      Dec 21, 2010 at 9:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • kiltnc
      kiltnc

      Thank you for your service Maj. Alan Rogers. Godspeed sir.

      Dec 21, 2010 at 9:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike in Asheville
      Mike in Asheville

      I clicked the link to the New York Daily News article — this is even a bigger and sadder story. After the good major was killed, the Army pressed the major’s family to refrain from discussing that he was gay. It is a very sorry state of affairs the way we as a nation treat our servicemembers and veterans. John McShame and his ilk are the very worst of humanity.

      Only the good die young, I guess that explains a Senate full of such very old mean-hearted sold-their-souls members.

      Dec 21, 2010 at 10:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve
      Steve

      Rogers was killed in Iraq. Not Afghanistan.

      A gay Afghanistan causality would be Ciara Durkin. She committed suicide in 2007. At least that’s the official story. The circumstances surrounding her death are a bit murky:
      http://militarytimes.com/valor/army-cpl-ciara-m-durkin/3078209/

      Dec 21, 2010 at 11:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gayfamilyvalues
      gayfamilyvalues

      Maj. Alan Rogers

      Thank You for giving us all so much with your life and your service.

      Dec 21, 2010 at 12:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Otis
      Otis

      Wonderful that his family and friends are keeping his memory and heroism alive.

      Dec 21, 2010 at 12:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ewe
      ewe

      This is torment even to read. I hope his spirit haunts John McSHAME.

      Dec 21, 2010 at 12:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gregger
      gregger

      truly sad story….

      Dec 21, 2010 at 3:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • johnny
      johnny

      I never thought I’d see the day when a black man was shown in a positive light on Queerty. Could it be because the man in question is a deceased black man?

      Dec 21, 2010 at 4:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sexy Rexy
      Sexy Rexy

      @johnny: Yeah, a white one didn’t die fast enough for them I guess.

      Dec 21, 2010 at 4:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sexy Rexy
      Sexy Rexy

      PS – prayers & thoughts of sympathy to the major’s partner.

      Dec 21, 2010 at 5:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • reason
      reason

      To bad, it seems he was heading up the ladder. It will be interesting when we have the first openly gay general.

      Dec 21, 2010 at 6:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • saltydog
      saltydog

      he died 2 years before Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed. I don’t understand this story

      Dec 21, 2010 at 8:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ceaser
      Ceaser

      @saltydog: Go back to school! Even a fifth grader can comprehend the story.SMH.

      Dec 22, 2010 at 12:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ceaser
      Ceaser

      @johnny: Thought the same thing too.

      Dec 22, 2010 at 12:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dame Helga Von Ornstein
      Dame Helga Von Ornstein

      I read about Major Alan Rogers in Sunday’s NYDaily News. It’s rare a story brings me to tears. After reading about how life started off for him; how he over came obstacle after obstacle and had a stellar career in the military and had the respect of officers who knew he was gay turned on the waterworks.

      Rest in Peace, Major Rogers.

      Dec 22, 2010 at 11:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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