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Gerald F. Bogan
Bogan aboard USS Valley Forge (CV-45), April 1949
Born (1894-07-27)July 27, 1894
Died June 3, 1973(1973-06-03) (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
Rank Vice Admiral
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Navy Cross

Adm. Bogan meets Shah of Iran, 1949.

Gerald Francis Bogan (July 27, 1894 – June 3, 1973) was a United States Navy admiral.

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.[1] 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.[2]

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).[3] 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.[4]

Bogan was inducted into the Naval Aviation Hall of Honor, 1992.[5][6]




  1. Revolt of the Admirals TIME. Monday, October 17, 1949
  2. Echoes of 1949 TIME. Monday, January 16, 1950
  3. Seven Men Leave Yacht, Saved by Sub. Oshkosh Daily Northwestern. Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Friday, August 2, 1963. Page 9
  4. Probe Attributes Boat Loss Cause. The Deseret News. August 6, 1963.
  5. US Navy. UNITED STATES NAVAL AVIATION 1910–1995 - APPENDIX 19 Naval Aviation Hall of Honor.
  6. 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)
  7. US Navy. UNITED STATES NAVAL AVIATION 1910–1995 - Appendix 2 - Aviation Commands.
  8. Commander First Fleet
  9. Naval Aviation in World War II. Naval Aviation News. September–October 1994. p 36.

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