West Point in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Class of 1942 World War II Deaths
of the Class of 1942 who
gave their lives in World War II.
The Class graduated 374.
* John Marion Baker Charles Andrew Beaucond, Jr. Joseph Bell * Henry Compton Benitez Charles Berra James Woodrow Bigbee * Leon Bilstin * Jack Lester Bogusch * Wayne Norbury Bolefahr Carey Herbert Brown, Jr. * James Edmund Buckley * Austin Patrick Byrne James Madison Caviness, Jr. * Keith Grayson Chatfield * Richard Robert Clark *William Burr Clark * Phillip Marshall Costain John Ott Sanders Damron * Kenneth Earl Dyson * Thaddeus Francis Dziuban * William Hampton Edwards * Joseph Richard Elliott * Charles Campbell Ettlesen * Byron Arthur Evans * Thomas Francis Farrell, Jr. * Robert Langdon Ferguson John Carter Ford * Thomas Taylor Galloway Miles Alderman Gayle * Samuel Alexander Gibson, Jr. John Emory Gimperling * Charles Brooks Gracey, Jr. Walter Franklin Griffin * John William Guckeyson Carl Helmstetter, Jr. * Philip Edward Horan, Jr. * Henry Premyslaus Jozlowski Thomas Henry Lauer * Horace Allan Lawler * John Wallis Leonard
“Live, Serve and Die, We pray, West Point, for thee”
* Battle Deaths
Erected 1979 by USMA Class of 1942.
Location. 41° 23.742′ N, 73° 57.565′ W. Marker is in West Point, New York, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Howard Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Hand of the Aggressor (a few steps from this marker); 50th Anniversary of World War II (a few steps from this marker); Douglas MacArthur (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 150 Pounder Armstrong Gun Captured at Fort Fisher, North Carolina – January 15, 1865 (about 500 feet away); 8 Inch (150-pounder) Armstrong Gun (about 500 feet away); Battery Sherburne (about 600 feet away); Welcome to Trophy Point (about 600 feet away); U.S. Military Academy (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in West Point.
More about this marker. The USMA Logo and the crest of the Class of 1942 appear at the top of the marker.
1. Capt. Jack Lester Bogusch
As I have no desire to bring attention to myself, my identity is unimportant. I grew up In the small unknown town of sanderson, Texas
Many of our generation are aware of your actions during the last few hours of your life as an operations officer with the 458th Bomb Group (H). On March 6, 1944, you chose to take another pilots place and take his B-24-H to bomb a factory 20 miles south of Berlin. After being forced to make a second run on the target, your aircrafts fuel lines were damaged by flak and/or cannon fire from a FW-190. With great effort while slowly losing altitude, you managed to control your aircraft until crossing the border into Holland. At this juncture, you pressed the alarm bell to bail out and six air-crew managed to extricate themselves from the doomed aircraft.
Moments later, you and three of your companions perished as you attempted to make a controlled crash.Earlier that morning in England, Jack Bogusch didn't let the Eighth Air Force cross the channel with one
No awards, no medals. The men who do get these trinkets are indeed right. The heroes are dead. Uncommon valor was a common virtue in the Pacific and in the European Theatres of Operation. Thank you, Jack, and all veterans of WW II, both living and dead, for their service.
— Submitted March 30, 2012.
Categories. • Patriots & Patriotism • War, World II •
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