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)


Class of 1936

Raymond is one of 38 members of the Class of 1936 in Memorial Hall.