At least it should of ruined his career. Trigger happy militaries are a big problem. A good reason to get out of the region. We don't need their oil, we don't them.The USS Vincennes shot down the Iranian Airbus while it was over Iranian territorial waters, and the cruiser was in Iranian waters. There was no excuse for the incompetence of the captain and crew, and it is almost impossible to mistake a lumbering Airbus A300 which is climbing to cruise height for a small F14 interceptor which is diving in attack mode as claimed by the crew of the Vincennes (added to which the F14 as sold to Iran was incapable of air to surface attack). The Airbus was transmitting IFF signals in Mode III, a signal that identified it as a civilian aircraft, and not Mode II as used by Iranian military aircraft.
Captain Rogers should have been court martialled, but instead was awarded a Legion of Merit for his actions which resulted in the deaths of 290 civilians, including 66 children. It was a war crime as much as the shooting down of this airliner by Iran - and there is no excuse for either.