[Congressional Record (Bound Edition), Volume 155 (2009), Part 8]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page 10240]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office, www.gpo.gov]

                       IN MEMORY OF RICHARD ROGGE


                          HON. ELTON GALLEGLY

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                        Tuesday, April 21, 2009

  Mr. GALLEGLY. Madam Speaker, I rise in memory of Richard Rogge, a G-
man's G-man, an FBI supervisor on the John F. Kennedy assassination, a 
man of integrity who stood up to years of accusations from conspiracy 
theorists, and longtime friend to my wife, Janice, and me.
  Richard, who died last week at age 82, worked for the Federal Bureau 
of Investigation for 30 years. He was serving in the Criminal Division 
at FBI headquarters on November 25, 1963, when FBI Director J. Edgar 
Hoover summoned him and told him to fly to Dallas to supervise the 
investigation into President John F. Kennedy's assassination.
  For the next 10 months, Richard and his fellow G-men worked 16-hour 
days following every lead and theory and disproving many that later 
became fodder for the conspiracists. After an exhaustive investigation, 
Richard and his team determined that a lone gunman seeking personal 
fame fired the shots that felled a president. He never wavered from 
that conviction.
  Richard returned to Washington, DC, and later served as assistant 
special agent in charge in Los Angeles, an inspector in Washington, DC, 
and special agent in charge in Honolulu, Hawaii, Richmond, Virginia, 
and Buffalo, New York.
  Richard and his family moved to Southern California upon his 
retirement from the FBI in 1977.
  Prior to joining the FBI, Richard joined the Marine Corps. He was 17 
at the time and served in World War II's Pacific Theater. Among the 
battles he fought was the invasion of Iwo Jima.
  He was attending New York University studying law when he joined the 
FBI. Studying at night, he switched majors and graduated college with a 
degree in business.
  Madam Speaker, Richard Rogge was an FBI agent at a time when only 
shoe leather, brain power, grit and determination solved crimes, before 
the investigative techniques and technology we now take for granted 
were developed. He was a man of integrity and passion and served his 
country with honor. Barbara, his wife of 47 years, died in 1995, but I 
know my colleagues will join Janice and me in offering our condolences 
to their children, Veronica, Richard Jr., Christopher and Meredith, to 
their family, and to all who called Richard a friend.
  Godspeed, Richard.