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GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — A memorial service was held Wednesday for an Army private found dead in his barracks room Jan. 23.

The cause of Pvt. Chipper Tovio Rogers’ death is still under investigation, according to Army reports.

Rogers was found dead the day after his 21st birthday.

"He tried really hard in everything he did," Staff Sgt. Jason Oberman said following the service.

"He wanted to do a lot more for his country," he said, adding that Rogers often fretted about the validity of his military service.

"I wish he could have seen his true worth," Oberman said. "More than anything, he wanted to [become an infantryman] and do more for his country."

As Rogers’ former noncommissioned officer when the two served together in Taji, Iraq, with the 41st Transportation Company, Oberman initially met Rogers in September 2007.

A late arrival to the deployment, Rogers was forced to come home early.

Medical conditions kept him off the road, Oberman said during the service.

With the 41st for 1½ years, Rogers had faced numerous personal challenges, according to his former platoon leader, 1st Lt. Jennifer Kraus.

A native of Keene, N.H., Rogers graduated from Keene High School and enlisted in September 2006.

He is survived by his mother, Donna Jean and father, Frank.


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