Vice Admiral Gerald Bogan

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.

Articles by Gerald F. Bogan

USS Langley

‘You Could Barely See the Deck’

By Vice Admiral Gerald F. Bogan, U.S. Navy (Retired)
April 2022
In 1969, Commander Etta-Belle Kitchen, U.S. Navy (Retired), conducted one of the U.S. Naval Institute’s earliest oral histories—with one of the U.S. Navy’s earliest aviators.
USS Vermont and H-boat

The Navy Spreads Its Golden Wings

By Vice Admiral Gerald F. Bogan, U.S. Navy (Retired)
May 1961
In 1912, the entire Naval Air Arm was based on the Severn River near the Engineering Experiment Station. It consisted of a few hydroplanes. Occasionally, at the Naval Academy, wide-eyed ...