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First Lieutenant Christopher Hunt Rogan, 24, beloved son of David and Grace Rogan, a lifelong resident of Berlin, died unexpectedly March 10, 2013, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Born in Hartford, he was a 2006 graduate of Berlin High School. Beginning as a young boy and with the deep love and guidance from his parents and paternal grandparents he reveled in learning American history, and developed a wide range of interests including a keen sense of the importance of altruism and civic mindedness. However, his intense thirst for knowledge did not detract from his early love of baseball, scouting, and football. From Little League and continuing as a pitcher in the AAU ranks with the Connecticut Bombers and Connecticut Blaze, to becoming an Eagle Scout and a high school football letterman, his devotion in those areas ranked only second to his lifelong aspiration to serving in the U.S. Army which ultimately lead to a relatively short but remarkable career. Garnering nominations from Senator Joseph Leiberman and Congressman John Larson, Christopher attended West Point Military Academy where he excelled in his academic pursuits and gained awards and recognition for his senior thesis on defense and strategic strategies, and was a member of The Knights of Columbus and the Calvary Club. He successfully completed Ranger School, proudly served a tour of duty in Afghanistan, and was pursuing his goal to become a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces.
His commendations included the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantry Badge, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. He always maintained his modest demeanor and displayed unending respect toward all he encountered.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving and proud brother Brian Rogan; his paternal grandparents, Mary and Joseph Rogan; his maternal grandmother, Anne-Marie Sasseville, and several aunts, uncles, and many first cousins in the Rogan, Sasseville, Banks, and Monikowski families. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather Andre Sasseville who served in the Canadian Army in the Korean War. Christopher will forever remain an enormous source of pride for his entire family, and there are no words to express the unfathomable chasm left by his passing.
Services were held March 18, 2013 from Porter's Funeral Home, followed by a Funeral Liturgy at St. Paul Church. Burial was March 20, 2013 in West Point Cemetery, New York.
In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations in his memory be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256.
The entire Rogan family sincerely appreciates the outpouring of love and support extended by so many friends in the saddest of times.
Published in Berlin Citizen on Mar. 21, 2013