Roger Booth
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Roger Booth

NAME

Roger L. Booth

HOME OF RECORD

Kinderhook

DATE OF BIRTH

06/29/1946

STATE

IL

DATE OF DEATH

April 13, 2019

BRANCH OF SERVICE

Navy

INDUCTION YEAR

2020

Biography

Born June 29, 1946, Roger L. Booth passed away April 13, 2019 due to complications from Diabetes and Esophageal Cancer as a result of being exposed to Agent Orange. During his 25-year military career, Roger accomplished something few people can claim - he proudly served in three branches of the U.S. Armed Services. Roger served in the Army (three years), Navy Seabees (two years including two tours in Vietnam), and the Air Force (20 years). Roger enjoyed seeing the reaction when people heard about his military service record. While serving in the Air Force Red Horse Unit, Roger was on a team that constructed an alternate landing site for a NASA Space Shuttle mission and drilled wells in Africa to provide fresh water for local inhabitants. While the majority of his military career was spent in mobile construction units, Roger was also a Missile Facility Manager for seven years while stationed in Missouri and Wyoming. His favorite assignment was Aviano Air Force Base, Italy, where he spent five years. Roger’s military awards included the Air Force Commendation Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Navy Expert Rifle Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. After military retirement, Roger worked for Schneider National Bulk Carriers as a Delivery Specialist for 16 years. One of his proudest moments was receiving the One Million Safe Miles Award. Some of Roger's favorite activities involved spending time with Judy, his wife of 50 years, his two children, and his four grandchildren. He also found joy in woodworking and traveling. Some of his adventures included cruises to Alaska, Iceland, the Caribbean, and the Panama Canal.