LONNIE P BOGARD
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 24 OF THE WALL

LONNIE PAT BOGARD

WALL NAME

LONNIE P BOGARD

PANEL / LINE

1W/24

DATE OF BIRTH

05/11/1942

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/12/1972

HOME OF RECORD

MATAIRIE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Natchitoches Parish

STATE

LA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

MAJ

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Contact Details
STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR LONNIE PAT BOGARD
POSTED ON 3.23.2016

He is with me in spirit...

I was very young when I wore a bracelet with the name Capt. Lonnie Pat Bogard on it.
I am now 53 years old with a 21 year daughter. I've told her many times how proud I was to wear his bracelet.
Although I never met Capt. Lonnie Pat Bogard he has popped into my head more times than I can count throughout the years.
I say he is with me in spirit because once again he came to mind completely out of the blue. Thanks to technology I was able to search his name and find out what a truly amazing man he was.
I'm looking forward to keeping his memory alive by sharing this information with my daughter.
I can honestly say he is forever in my heart.
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POSTED ON 1.12.2016

F4D crew chief 66-8799

I was the crew chief who launched Capt Bogard on the mission the night that he was lost, it was the first time that I had met him but I have never forgot him. RIP sir, I salute you.
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POSTED ON 3.17.2015
POSTED BY: Susan Bucci

I wore his bracelet

I was just in middle school when I got my MIA bracelet I prayed for Capt Bogard every night. I went to the wall in 2012 and found his name. It was very moving as you might imagine. I still think of him
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POSTED ON 8.7.2014

Final Mission of CAPT Lonnie P. Bogard

The Phantom, used by Air Force, Marine and Navy air wings, served a multitude of functions including fighter-bomber and interceptor, photo and electronic surveillance. The two man aircraft was extremely fast (Mach 2), and had a long range (900 - 2300 miles, depending on stores and mission type). The F-4 was also extremely maneuverable and handled well at low and high altitudes. The F-4 was selected for a number of state-of-the-art electronics conversions, which improved radar intercept and computer bombing capabilities enormously. Most pilots considered it one of the "hottest" planes around. CAPT Lonnie P. Bogard, had celebrated his birthday the day before he was assigned a night low-level reconnaissance mission along the Ho Chi Minh trail on May 12, 1972. Bogard was the pilot, and 1LT William H. Ostermeyer the electronics officer comprising the crew of an F-4D Phantom. The mission went according to plan until after a scheduled mid-air refueling, after which radio contact was lost with the aircraft. At last contact, Bogard and Ostermeyer were near the Ban Karai Pass in Savannakhet Province, Laos. The Ban Karai Pass was one of several passageways through the mountainous border of Vietnam and Laos. American aircraft flying from Thailand to missions over North Vietnam flew through them regularly, and many aircraft were lost. On the Laos side of the border coursed the "Ho Chi Minh Trail", a road heavily traveled by North Vietnamese troops moving materiel and personnel to their destinations through the relative safety of neutral Laos. The return ratio of men lost in and around the passes is far lower than that of those men lost in more populous areas, even though both were shot down by the same enemy and the same weapons. This is partly due to the extremely rugged terrain and resulting difficulty in recovery. The U.S. Air Force placed Bogard and Ostermeyer in the category of Missing in Action. [Narrative taken from pownetwork.org; image from wikipedia.com]
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POSTED ON 5.24.2013
POSTED BY: Barbara Banister Truxillo

MIA Bracelet (Lonnie Pat Bogard)

I also wore the MIA Bracelet in the 1970's for Lonnie Pat Bogard. I certainly did pray for him and his family, and hoped I would meet him some day to thank him for his service. Today I thank his wife and family for his service and hope to thank him in Heaven!

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