The Personal Collection of Adm. Gerald F. Bogan SDASM.011

Finding aid prepared by Robert E. Johnston
San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park
San Diego, CA, 92101
(619) 234-8291

Title: The Personal Collection of Adm. Gerald Francis Bogan
Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.011
Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.2 Linear feet 4 manuscript boxes
Date (inclusive): 1919-1963
Abstract: This collection contains military orders, papers, photographs and artifacts relating to the career of Adm. Gerald F. Bogan of the U.S. Navy.
Language of Materials note: English
creator: Bogan, Gerald F. (Gerald Francis), Adm., 1904-1973

Biographical/Historical note

Gerald F. Bogan, Vice Admiral, U.S.N., was a distinguished veteran of 38 years of naval service. Bogan served as Commander, First Task Fleet, Pacific; as Commander, Air Force, Atlantic; as Commander, Fleet Air, Alameda; and as Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Saratoga.
Admiral Bogan was born 27 July 1894, Mackinac Island, Michigan. He was a 1916 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and, among his many decorations, was awarded the Navy Cross for heroic action during World War II. He was elected to the Naval Aviation Hall of Honor in 1992, National Museum of Naval Aviation.
Admiral Bogan was one of the earliest naval aviators, earning his wings at Pensacola, Florida in 1924. In 1925, he was assigned to VF Squadron One in San Diego, California, serving on board the carrier Langley, first as executive officer, then, in 1926, as commanding officer. Later, Admiral Bogan served as the first commanding officer of the Miami, Florida Naval Air station.
He commanded air squadrons on the carriers Langley, Lexington and Saratoga, commanding the Saratoga at the outbreak of World War II. As a task force commander in the Pacific, he was awarded two Legions of Merit, as well as the Navy Cross for “extraordinary heroism and distinguished service” during an engagement in Philippine waters on 25 November 1944, in which all carriers in his force had been damaged by heavy enemy aerial attacks. In 1945, he commanded Carrier Division 4 and Task Group 38.2.
Admiral Bogan passed away in La Jolla, California on 3 June 1973, survived by his widow, Katherine, and a step-son, Harold A. Fisher of San Diego. Admiral Bogan’s military and personal records were donated to the San Diego Air & Space Museum as a portion of Mr. Fisher’s estate.

Conditions Governing Access note

The collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some copyright may be reserved. Consult with the library director for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The materials were donated to the San Diego Air & Space Museum on March 24, 2010 by the Harold A. Fisher Trust. Mr. Fisher was the stepson of Gerald Francis, his only heir.

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains materials that cover Adm. Gerald F. Bogan's naval career. The collection includes military orders, correspondence, photographs, articles and books.

Related Archival Materials note

Adm. Bogan photo set on Flickr:

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Brewster Aeronautical Corporation.
Gentner, William E. (William Ellis), 1907-
Halsey, William Frederick, Adm., 1882-1959
Mitscher, Marc Andrew, 1887-1947
Pirie, Robert B., Gen., (Robert Burns)
Reeves, Joseph Mason, 1872-1948
Yarnell, Harry E., Adm., (Harry Ervin), 1875-1959
Blue Angels
United States. Naval Air Transport Service
United States. Naval Flight Demonstration Squadron