Ogden, Joseph, Pvt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Private
Last Service Branch
Officer Candidate School
Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 522-Airman Basic
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1958-1969, 21S, US Air Force
Service Years
1943 - 1945

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Honorably Discharged WW II NORAD Command Badge Schutzenschnur Gold


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US Air Force Honorable Discharge US Marine Corps Honorable Discharge US Navy Honorable Discharge




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Last Known Activity

 On Independence Day 1987 Joe and his wife Jan were visiting our sister Mary and her husband Dick Halloran at their home in Eagle Lake, CA. He and Dick had spent the day on the lake chasing the elusive Eagle Lake Trout.  Joe begin to feel bad  so packed the boat in and and returned to the house. Jan and Mary insisted that they should take Joe to the emergency room at the Hospital in Susanville, CA . He was checked by a doctor who found  zilch wrong. After they returned home they spent the remaining hours of afternoon on the patio grilling steaks for supper and sipping a few suds. They ate a hearty supper, enjoyed a healthy tète-à-tète, then adjourned to the drawing room for more tète-à-tète while they tipped a few toddies before retiring for the evening. Joe left the room and a few minutes later they heard him fall. They found him inert on the floor. He had suffered a massive heart attack and there wasn't anything that could be done to bring him back. Fortunately , he passed suddenly with little pain. He was 60 years old at his death. He missed his golden years.
   
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Joe was always my best friend, mentor and arch hero. I would have followed him into hell had that been where he led. I was in my senior year of high school when he returned from Korea a decorated USMC combat veteran. He directed me to stay away from the other military branches and enlist in the US Air Force upon my graduation. I precisely followed his direction. 

In 1943, Joe was selected by the US ARMY  Air Force for a scholarship at the University of Montana, Missoula for the  Aviation Cadet program.  To his dismay,  he received an Honorable Discharge  when the program was canceled after VE Day.

In 1945, hoping to complete the Aviator Training he had started while in the USAAF,  Joe enlisted in the US Navy. After completion of boot camp, to his dismay he was immediately assigned to the 7th Fleet in the  Pacific.  After the war ended, the 7th Fleet was tasked to assist in the evacuation of the Chinese Nationalist Army and Government to the Island of Formosa. During the combat that followed, he was wounded cleanly through his thigh but retained no permanent disability.  He was awarded the Purple Heart. Upon the 7th Fleet's return to it's home port of San Diego in 1946, he  received an Honorable Discharge from the US Navy.

In 1950 Joe faced a recall to service. Rather than face combat again with insufficient training, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps. After completing  Boot Camp and Advanced Combat Training , he was assigned to the First Marines in Korea. While there he was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor. After a tour in which he served as a Pistol Range and a Technical Instructor in Radar Maintenance he was assigned to a radar site in Japan.  Upon his return he received an Honorable Discharge from the Marine Corps in 1958 with the rank of Gunnery Sergeant E-6.

In 1958 Joe joined me in the US Air Force with the enlisted rank of TSGT E-6. He was assigned to Vandenburg, AFB, CA as it was  being re-opened. He left 6 years later for the Goose an held the rank of CMSGT E-9. The rest of the legend will be written on his assignment pages as I can get to them. 

   

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, State ARNG (ARNG OCS), 1
 Unit Assignments
US Army Air Force (USAAF)US NavyUS Marine CorpsUS Air Force
  1943-1945, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1945-1946, US Navy
  1950-1958, US Marine Corps
  1958-1969, 21S, US Air Force
 Colleges Attended 
University of Montana, Missoula
  1943-1945, University of Montana, Missoula
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