Major General John Beugnot Wogan (January 1, 1890 – September 30, 1968) was a decorated United States Army officer. He is most noted for his leadership of the 13th Armored Division for the most of World War II.[1]

John Beugnot Wogan
Born(1890-01-01)January 1, 1890
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
DiedSeptember 30, 1968(1968-09-30) (aged 78)
Asheville, North Carolina, United States
Place of burial
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1915–1946
Rank Major General
Service number0-3834
Unit Coast Artillery Corps
Commands held68th Field Artillery Regiment
13th Armored Division
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsArmy Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
Legion of Merit
Purple Heart

Military career edit

At West Point in 1915

John B. Wogan was born on January 1, 1890, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1915 as a part of The class the stars fell on. His classmates were for example Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar Bradley, James Van Fleet, Paul J. Mueller, Charles W. Ryder and Stafford LeRoy Irwin, all big future generals of World War II.

He was commissioned a second lieutenant of coastal artillery, and his first service assignment was at Fort H. G. Wright during the years 1915–1916.

Fluent in both French and English (parents were from old New Orleans French lineage), Wogan spent extensive time in France as a staff translator for the Army of Occupation after World War 1.

In 1931, Wogan was posted to Panama as a major of Pack Artillery, and oversaw the first ever aerial deployment of artillery, using army aircraft to transport artillery from one side of the Panama Canal to the other.

The grave of Major General John B. Wogan at Arlington National Cemetery

In 1939, Wogan transferred service branches once again, this time to the Armored Corps. He eventually rose in rank to major general, commanding the 13th Armored division from 1942 to 1945. On April 15. 1945, Wogan fought a desperate German offensive in the Ruhr Pocket, at a German roadblock near the Autobahn interchange Leverkusen, where he was severely wounded by German rifle fire. He was forced to medically retire as a result of these wounds after a lengthy convalescence in military hospitals.

Wogan retired to his wife's hometown of Asheville, North Carolina, where he spent the remainder of his life as the director of the veterans hospital there. He was active in civic causes until his death in 1968.

Decorations edit

  Army Distinguished Service Medal
  Silver Star
  Legion of Merit
  Purple Heart
  Mexican Border Service Medal
  World War I Victory Medal
  American Defense Service Medal
  American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 4 Service Stars
  World War II Victory Medal

References edit

  1. ^ "Biography of Major general John Beugnot Wogan (1890 - 1968)". July 4, 2010. Retrieved January 27, 2013.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Newly activated organization
Commanding General 13th Armored Division
Succeeded by