Gerald F. Bogan

Gerald Francis Bogan (July 27, 1894  June 8, 1973) was a United States Navy aviator and vice admiral who served in World War I and II.

Gerald F. Bogan
Bogan aboard USS Valley Forge (CV-45), April 1949
Born(1894-07-27)27 July 1894
Mackinac Island, Michigan
DiedJune 8, 1973(1973-06-08) (aged 78)
La Jolla, San Diego, California
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1916–50
RankVice Admiral
Commands heldUnited States First Fleet
Task Group 38.2
USS Saratoga
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsNavy Cross
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit


Gerald Francis Bogan was born July 27, 1894, in Mackinac Island, Michigan to Dr. James H. Bogan (1867–1936) and Katharine Nash-Bogan (1868–1958). He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1916. He served in World War I in convoy escort duty between the English Channel and Gibraltar. After the war he served on destroyers. In 1925 he trained to be a Naval Aviator. He was among the first aviators to land on an aircraft carrier.[1]

Bogan served in the Pacific during World War II and was awarded the Navy Cross, two Navy Distinguished Service Medals, and the Legion of Merit with combat V device for actions during World War II.[2]


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.[3] 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.[4]


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).[5] 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.[6]

Bogan died at Scripps Hospital in San Diego on June 8, 1973. He was survived by his wife Katherine, stepson Harold, his two sisters Eleanore and Dorothy and his brother, James.[1]

Bogan was inducted into the Naval Aviation Hall of Honor, 1992.[7][8]




  1. "G.F. Bogan Obituary". The Evening News. Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. 1973-06-14.
  2. "Gerald Francis Bogan". Retrieved 2014-06-15.
  3. "Revolt of the Admirals". TIME (Monday, October 17, 1949). Retrieved 2014-06-15.
  4. "Echoes of 1949". TIME (Monday, January 16, 1950). Retrieved 2014-06-15.
  5. "Seven Men Leave Yacht, Saved by Sub". Oshkosh Northwestern. Oshkosh, Wisconsin. 1963-08-02. p. 9.
  6. "Probe Attributes Boat Loss Cause". The Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah. 1963-08-06.
  7. "UNITED STATES NAVAL AVIATION 1910–1995 – APPENDIX 19 Naval Aviation Hall of Honor" (PDF). US Navy. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2000-09-14. Retrieved 2014-06-15.
  8. "Namesake of O'Hare Airport joining Navy air hall of honor". St. Petersburg Times. St. Petersburg, FL. 1992-05-03. p. 6.B. (Bogan was inducted at the same time)
  9. "Commanding Officers of USS Saratoga (CV-3)". Retrieved 2014-06-15.
  10. "Naval Aviation in World War II" (PDF). Naval Aviation News (September–October 1994): 36. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2004-04-29. Retrieved 2014-06-15.
  11. US Navy. UNITED STATES NAVAL AVIATION 1910–1995 – Appendix 2 – Aviation Commands Archived December 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. "Commander First Fleet". US Naval Historical Center. Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2014-06-15.
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