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Longtime Liberty supporter, former vice president, receives WWII medals 70 years later

June 13, 2012 : Liberty University News Service

George Rogers, left, is honored during a Flames football game on Nov. 6, 2010, with the first George Rogers Champion of Freedom Award. He is accompanied by his son, Jeff.

A local man with more than 30 years of service to Liberty University and its related ministries was recently recognized for his service to our country.

George Rogers, who retired in 1999 from Liberty where he last served as vice president of finance and administration, recently received his Purple Heart and Prisoner of War medals for his service in World War II.

While serving in the Philippines, Rogers was taken prisoner by the Japanese along with thousands of American and Philippine troops and forced to march about 75 miles in five days, known as the Bataan Death March, and was sent to POW camps where many died of starvation and abuse.

Local television station WSET recently interviewed Rogers. View the story here.

The Rev. Jonathan Falwell, son of Liberty founder Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr., will share Rogers’ story on Father’s Day, June 17, at Thomas Road Baptist Church, where Rogers and his wife, Barbara, have been longtime members.

George Rogers, 93, worked closely with Falwell, Sr. for many years. He first started as CEO for “The Old Time Gospel Hour” in April 1974.

Liberty University has named an award in Rogers’ honor. The George Rogers Champion of Freedom Award is given annually to a man or woman who served in the United States Armed Forces and went above the call of duty, displaying extraordinary heroism while in the service and continuing to serve as an outstanding ambassador in their community. The award is presented at a Flames football game during Liberty’s Military Appreciation Week, held near Veterans Day.