|Gerald F. Bogan|
Bogan aboard USS Valley Forge (CV-45), April 1949
|Born||July 27, 1894|
|Died||June 3, 1973(aged 78)|
|Place of birth||Mackinac Island, Michigan|
|Place of death||La Jolla, San Diego, California|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1916 - 1950|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Bogan authored a confidential memorandum that was leaked by Captain John G. Crommelin during the Revolt of the Admirals in September 1949. His memo described the situation in the Navy as follows, "The morale of the Navy is lower today than at any time since I entered the commissioned ranks in 1916 ... The situation deteriorates with each press release." The memorandum was endorsed in writing by Admiral Arthur W. Radford and Chief of Naval Operations Louis E. Denfeld. Bogan retired as a Vice Admiral in 1950 at age 55 rather than transfer from command of First Task Fleet in the Pacific to commander of Fleet Air at Jacksonville, a command normally filled by a Rear Admiral.
In August 1963, Bogan was the captain of a 104-foot, $250,000, luxury yacht Freedom II when it sank in the Pacific Ocean 600 miles from California. The yacht was en route from Honolulu to San Diego. Bogan and six crew members were rescued by the submarine USS Razorback (SS-394). According to the crew, the yacht lost a wooden plank in its hull causing it to flood and sink, though it was unclear what caused the loss of the plank.
Commands[edit | edit source]
- Commander, First Task Fleet, Pacific, 1949.
- Commander, Air Force, Atlantic Fleet, February 1946 – December 1948.
- Commander First Fleet, 8 January 1949 - 1 February 1950.
- TG 38.2 - CV - USS Intrepid (CV-11); CVLs - USS Cabot (CVL-28); USS Independence (CVL-22); 2 battleships, 3 cruisers, 18 destroyers.
References[edit | edit source]
- Revolt of the Admirals TIME. Monday, October 17, 1949
- Echoes of 1949 TIME. Monday, January 16, 1950
- Seven Men Leave Yacht, Saved by Sub. Oshkosh Daily Northwestern. Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Friday, August 2, 1963. Page 9
- Probe Attributes Boat Loss Cause. The Deseret News. August 6, 1963.
- US Navy. UNITED STATES NAVAL AVIATION 1910–1995 - APPENDIX 19 Naval Aviation Hall of Honor.
- Namesake of O'Hare Airport joining Navy air hall of honor; St. Petersburg Times. St. Petersburg, Fla.: May 3, 1992. pg. 6.B. (Bogan was inducted at the same time)
- US Navy. UNITED STATES NAVAL AVIATION 1910–1995 - Appendix 2 - Aviation Commands.
- Commander First Fleet
- Naval Aviation in World War II. Naval Aviation News. September–October 1994. p 36.
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