Admiral Bogan graduated from the Naval Academy in 1916. He served in USS Birmingham, on convoy duty, during World War I. After various assignments in the European and Asiatic areas, he was ordered to flight training in 1924 and was designated a naval aviator on 16 March 1925. His first flight duty was with Fighting Squadron One, in USS Langley, followed by duty in Saratoga, Lexington, and Yorktown. During World War II, Admiral Bogan commanded Saratoga, Carrier Divisions 11 and 4, and finally Task Group 38.2. He was Commander First Task Fleet when he retired in 1950.