Originally posted by @no1marauder
In the end, he was stripped of command and forced to retire prematurely.
A court martial would have been better, but any suggestion the Navy rewarded him for the shooting down of the civilian airliner is simply false.
As usual, the American lawyer No1Marauder keeps spinning.
"In the end, he [William Rogers] was stripped of command and forced to retire prematurely"
Really? The USS Vincennes shot down Iran Air 655 on 3 July 1988.
"Rogers remained in command of the USS Vincennes until May 27, 1989."
In fact, William Rogers remained in command for almost eleven months afterward.
That's quite a long time. I would submit that it's long enough for at least reasonable doubt
that, as No1Marauder implies, he was 'stripped of command' BECAUSE of the shoot-down.
"Rogers' next assignment was as commanding officer of the United States Navy Tactical Training
Group at Point Loma, a group responsible for training officers in handling combat situations."
Given his 'success' with the Iranian airliner, surely William Rogers was most qualified to
train other US Navy officers 'in handling combat situations' (sarcasm).
"..forced to retire prematurely"
Would No1Marauder have preferred that William Rogers continue for many more years
to train other US Navy officers to act with the same 'exceptional merit' that he showed?
"He [William Rogers] retired from the United States Navy in August 1991."
Wikipedia does not mention that his retirement was involuntary.
He served in the US Navy from 1965 to 1991. Is retiring after 26 years considered 'premature'?
Poor Captain William Rogers! Surely, his apologist No1Marauder should be among the
first Americans to donate to a collection to supplement his generous US Navy pension.