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

STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR LONNIE PAT BOGARD
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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POSTED ON 5.12.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering an American Hero

Dear Major Lonnie Pat Bogard, sir



As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.



May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.



With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir



Curt Carter


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POSTED ON 9.7.2012

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Rest in peace with the warriors.

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