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Rodgers, John (15 January 1881–27 August 1926), naval officer and aviator, was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Rear Admiral John Augustus Rodgers and Elizabeth Chambers. The son and grandson of distinguished naval officers, Rodgers attended the U.S. Naval Academy from 1899 to 1903 and reached the rank of commander on 4 November 1920. At the time of his death, he was listed for promotion to captain....

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John H. Towers. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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Towers, John Henry (30 January 1885–30 April 1955), U.S. Navy officer and aviation pioneer, was born in Rome, Georgia, the son of William Magee Towers and Mary Norton. He received his education at local schools, the Georgia School of Technology (now the Georgia Institute of Technology) in Atlanta, and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. After graduation from Annapolis he served the customary two years at sea, as a midshipman assigned to the battleship ...