Investigator Vernon David Rogers

Investigator Vernon David Rogers

United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, September 8, 1965

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Vernon David Rogers

Investigator Vernon Rogers died from injuries he received in an automobile crash on Highway 101 in Port Angeles, Washington. He was en route to Port Angeles to investigate the reported sale of non-tax-paid, illegal Japanese whiskey from a ship in port at the time.

The crash occurred while Investigator Rogers was driving across Morse Creek Bridge. A logging truck's trail wheels were not tracking directly behind the truck and when crossing the bridge, they tracked over the bridge railing, twisting and breaking the tongue hitch. The broken tongue pierced the front of his vehicle and carried through the vehicle and through the torso of Investigator Rogers. He was transported to a local hospital and died as they were attempting to insert a breathing tube.

Investigator Rogers was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of WWII and also a veteran of the U.S. Army. He had served with the Internal Revenue Service for 22 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Location Washington

routine driving

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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 8, 2020

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