CWO4 Roger E. Mitchell, U.S. Navy, Retired
July 4, 1942 – April 7, 2015
FRA National Vice President 2014 – 2015
FRA National Vice President (NVP) Roger E. Mitchell joined the staff of the Supreme Commander on April 7, 2015. A continuous member of FRA since 1985 and a Life Member for more than 20 years, Mitchell spent 30 years in service to the Association at the local, regional and national levels.
During his long tenure as an FRA shipmate, Mitchell served as president of Branch 188 (Tampa, Fla.) and Branch 278 (Huntsville, Ala.), chaired the Southeast Region’s Legislative and Youth Activities Committees and served as a member of the region’s Financial, Membership and Public Relations Committees. He was a member of the National Future Planning Committee at the time of his demise. As a shipmate concerned about promoting the FRA, he helped organize and attended more than 50 public relations and recruiting events in the Southeast Region to raise awareness and recruit new members into the Association. In recognition of his outstanding dedication, his shipmates elected him to serve as Southeast Regional President in 2007–2008. On the national level, Mitchell chaired the National Youth Activities and Public Relations Committees, served as chairman for the 2010 National Convention in Spartanburg, S.C., and played a lead role in the 2012 National Convention in Reno, Nev. At the FRA National Convention in October 2014, Mitchell was elected National Vice President of FRA.
Mitchell joined the U.S. Navy Reserve while a junior in high school in 1959, reported to active duty in February 1961, and retired in September 1981 as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 (Gunner). His military career included participation in the Cuban Missile Crisis blockade, service in Vietnam and involvement in several NASA recovery missions. He served on four surface ships with almost 15 years of sea duty. Retirement from the U.S. Navy led on to a position with Sperry Corporation (which later became Lockheed Martin Corporation) as an engineer and program manager. During his free time, Shipmate Roger was an avid gun collector and enthusiast, and devoted many hours to other veterans’ organization in his community.
Shipmate Roger was dedicated to improving the FRA and moving the Association forward in the future. He was actively engaged in his leadership role as National Vice President and his presence and counsel will be sorely missed by his shipmates and friends.
Shipmate Mitchell is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Anne Harrison Mitchell; three sons: Thomas Mitchell (and wife, Kimberly), Roger Mitchell (and wife, Shannon), William Mitchell (and wife, Katrena); one sister, Anita Grace Bills of Erie, PA; five granddaughters: Carson Leigh, Olivia, Abigail, Naomi and Kellan. He is predeceased by his brother, Dwight Lee.
FRA offers its sincere sympathies to Shipmate National Vice President Mitchell’s family and friends.