Roger Shores was a Navy man for a quarter century. From the naval base in San Diego, Shores shipped out to serve his first tour of duty in Vietnam from June 1966-1967. Shores served aboard the USS Midway (CV41) which twice earned awards for battle effectiveness – or Battle “E” recognition. Shores himself also earned two purple hearts by the tender age of 21. Unfortunately, Roger suffered injuries in both his legs and returned home from Vietnam in 1967.
Before long though, Shores was back at work at the Navy base in Key West, Florida helping train air squadrons and enjoying the skill and showmanship of the famous Blue Angels. Roger re-enlisted in 1977 and attained the rank of E8 or Senior Chief Petty Officer – a rank based on proven performance and demonstrated leadership. There are only nine enlisted ranks possible in the Navy. Roger Shores retired from the Navy in 1996 and worked as an elevator operator and painter before making the Cameron Veteran’s Home his residence.