RAYMOND W. VOGEL, JR., CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Raymond Vogel, Jr. '36

Date of birth: September 24, 1915

Date of death: September 19, 1950

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1936 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Raymond was lost when his F4U-4B Corsair was shot down near Seoul, Korea, on August 19, 1950. The aircraft was a part of Fighter Squadron (VF) 111, but he was commanding officer of Air Group 11, flying from USS Philippine Sea (CV 47).

He is buried in the Naval Academy Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Claire, and daughter Clair. His widow remarried in 1966 to Francis Foley, a 1932 graduate.

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Commander Raymond William Vogel, Jr. (NSN: 0-77151), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as Commander, Air Group ELEVEN (AG-11), attached to the U.S.S. Philippine Sea (CV-47), in action against enemy North Korean forces in the vicinity of Seoul, Korea, on 19 August 1950. Commander Vogel led an attack by Corsair and Skyraider aircraft against the railroad bridge at Seoul, Korea, which constituted a vital link in the land communications of the enemy. In the face of a heavy concentration of anti-aircraft defenses, he pressed home his attack and obtained the first bomb hit on the bridge. Following his bombing attack on the bridge, he unstintingly and without hesitation directed his fire on enemy anti-aircraft batteries. While thus protecting the other aircraft in his group during their attack on the bridge, Commander Vogel's plane was struck by intense anti-aircraft fire and was shot down. By his outstanding courage, his aggressive leadership, and his disregard for personal danger, Commander Vogel upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: 19-Aug-50
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Regiment: Air Group 11 (AG-11)
Division: U.S.S. Philippine Sea (CV-47)

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

July 1936

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: CDR Mervyn Bennion '10 and LT Robert Johnson '24.

January 1937

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: CDR Mervyn Bennion '10 and LT Robert Johnson '24.

April 1937

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: CDR Mervyn Bennion '10 and LT Robert Johnson '24.

September 1937

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: LCDR Edwin Crouch '21, ENS John Cheney '37, and ENS Shields Goodman '37.

January 1938

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: LCDR Edwin Crouch '21, ENS John Cheney '37, and ENS Shields Goodman '37.

October 1939

Ensign, Fighting Squadron (VF) 3, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg John Spiers '32.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LCDR Richard Moss '24 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LT Harrington Drake '31 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LTjg George Nicol '34 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 3), LTjg John Ennis '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), ENS William Mason, Jr. '37 (USS Saratoga), ENS John Smith '38 (USS Saratoga), ENS John Black '38 (USS Saratoga), ENS Keene Hammond '38 (USS Saratoga), ENS Claude Goodman, Jr. '39 (USS Saratoga), ENS Lenard Reichel '39 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Norman White '39 (USS Saratoga).

June 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Squadron (VF) 3, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT John Spiers '32 and ENS Edward O'Hare '37.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LCDR Richard Moss '24 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LT William Hank '25 (USS Saratoga), LT Harrington Drake '31 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LT William Sisko '31 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 3), LTjg George Nicol '34 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 3), LTjg John Ennis '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), ENS Keene Hammond '38 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Norman White '39 (USS Saratoga).

November 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Squadron (VF) 3, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Edward O'Hare '37.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LCDR William Hank '25 (USS Saratoga), LT William Sisko '31 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 3), LTjg Francis Maher, Jr. '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LTjg Jack Ferguson '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LTjg John Ennis '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LTjg Harold Shrider '37 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 3), LTjg Howard Nester, Jr. '37 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LTjg Macdonald Thompson '37 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 3), LTjg Patrick Hart '37 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 3), and ENS Norman White '39 (USS Saratoga).


Class of 1936

Raymond is one of 39 members of the Class of 1936 on Virtual Memorial Hall.