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SMSGT (Ret) Herbert W. Bogue of San Antonio, TX passed away suddenly on 2 August 2014. He was born on 14 November 1929 in Tipton County Indiana to Ernest Edgar Bogue & Edna Pearl Bogue (Cardwell). He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years (4 July 1951) Kathleen Ruth Bogue (Davis), son Roger W. Bogue (Victoria), also of San Antonio, one brother Lannie Lee Bogue (Christina) of Hemlock, IN, one other sister-in-law Melba Jean Bogue, & numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces & grandnephews. His parents & three other siblings predeceased him, Dale Leon Bogue (Melba Jean), James Lee Bogue, & Janet Sue Bogue, the latter two dying as infants. He grew up on the family farm doing farm chores, including milking by hand, initially in Tipton County, IN but in 1943 the family purchased & moved to a new farm in Howard County, IN. The 3rd & 4th generation of the extended family still farm that ground. During WWII, as a teenager, he trapped furbearing animals to make cold weather military uniforms. Graduating from Sharpsville, IN high school in 1947, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force & was sent to bomber school, then, in the USAF's infinite wisdom, he was sent to a fighter regiment at Otis AFB, MA, where he sighted in the group commanders P-51 (later F-84 & F-86) fighter's guns. He also was assigned to wreck recovery, where he had to recover aircraft parts & pilot remains (primarily from the notorious F-84). He accompanied a load of F-86's to Korea during the Korean War carried aboard a USN aircraft carrier. After twice sliding off aircraft wings (on the ground) while loading weapons onto a fighter, he suffered a severe back injury that doctors told him would have him in a wheelchair by age 40. Thru great pain, grit, determination, & exercise over the course of years, he proved those doctors wrong, still walking briskly at age 84. His USAF career continued with personnel school & a personnel assignment to Hickam AFB. HI. While there, the officers's club at Hickam was in trouble, & after having worked in the Club to make extra money, he was tapped as a buck sergeant to run the O Club & rapidly returned it to a solid financial condition. He then had a personnel assignment to take care of all USAF Reserve & National Guard units in IN. Finally, he was chosen to attend intelligence school, & spent most of the remainder of his USAF career as a cryptanalyst in the USAF Security Service, with assignments in Okinawa, San Antonio, & Taiwan (thrice). He broke codes that the computers of the time could not break & proved that the shootdown of a Taiwanese aircraft over Red China was the work of one hotshot pilot, and not the result of a ground-launched antiaircraft missile, allowing critical overflights to continue. In Taiwan he became first the career counselor, then the first sergeant of his intelligence unit. He also had several special assignments with the USN and the CIA. Retiring in 1975, he turned a lifelong avocation into a vocation as a hunting & fishing guide. Models of many of his 9+ lb bass can still be found around San Antonio. Notables he guided included Sam Walton (founder of Walmart) & President Ronald Reagan. After retiring from guiding due to sun exposure, he traveled back to the family farm in IN where he assisted in the spring planting & fall harvest. He will be greatly missed by family & friends..
A memorial service will be held at 6:30 PM on Thursday 7 Aug at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 4114 SW Loop 410, SA, TX. Light refreshments will be served prior to the service. The family requests donations to the church in lieu of flowers.
Published in Express-News on Aug. 6, 2014
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