Colonel Charles E. Hogan Sr.

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Colonel Charles E.
Hogan Sr.,
USAF Retired
AIKEN, SC - Colonel Charles E. Hogan Sr., USAF Retired, succumbed to his lengthy battle with cancer early on the 28th of December after spending a wonderful December with his family.
He is preceded into Heaven by his mother, Fern Curtis; father, Julian Hogan; and step father, Jack Reid.
He is survived by his wife Judith Hogan, of more than 50 years, daughter Elizabeth A. Hogan M.D., son Col Charles E. Hogan II, daughter-in-law Christine and his grandchildren Kirsten B. Hogan, Charles E. Hogan III and Elizabeth J. Hogan. He is also survived by his younger sisters and brothers: Beth, Mae, Linda, Jim and William.
Charles was born in 1939 in Arkansas and spent most of his early years near Jena, Louisiana, graduating from Jena High School in 1957.
He attended Louisiana State University and worked many side jobs before he joined the Air Force in 1963.
In addition, he earned his Master's degree from Auburn University.
Col Hogan served in the Air Force for over 30 years starting out enlisted, going to Navigator Training and later Pilot Training. He had 17 assignments: fought in Vietnam, participated in the rescue mission in the Congo in 1964, was a Squadron Commander in England and a Deputy Base Commander in Germany, he supported the 1986 bombing raid on Libya and was an excellent Strategic Air Command (SAC) cold warrior.
He ended his career in the Air Force with back to back Defense Attache; assignments to Bolivia and later Honduras.
Col Hogan was a decorated Command Pilot qualified in the KC-135, EC-135 and the C-12.
He earned many awards to include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
Charles worked for Temple-Inland in Lufkin, Texas and taught Spanish in a local community college after his initial retirement from the Air Force.
He and Judi moved to Aiken, South Carolina in 2001 to fully enjoy golf and friends. While in Aiken, Charles served as President of the local Military Officers Association of America board, was a Commissioner for the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission in Aiken and won a few local golf tournaments.
Charles left a great legacy and will be missed.
The family will receive friends Wednesday morning, December 31, 2014 at South Aiken Presbyterian Church beginning at 10 o'clock followed by the funeral service at 11 o'clock. The Rev. Dr. Christopher Crotwell will officiate. Interment will follow at 2 o'clock in Ft. Jackson National Cemetery, Columbia, SC.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the , 128 Stonemark Ln., Columbia, South Carolina 29210 or to the Savannah River Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 3694, Aiken, SC 29802.
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Shellhouse-Rivers Funeral Home, Inc. - Aiken
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Aiken, SC 29803
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Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on Dec. 29, 2014
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