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
“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° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Point NY 10996, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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). Touch for a list and map 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 and knew the Bogusch family, although Jack L. Bogusch had long since left this earth when my generation came
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 less plane. A few hours later south of Berlin,Jack Bogusch,with his B-24 losing power, tried to keep up with
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.
2. Capt Jack Lester Bogusch
Jack Lester Bogusch was my uncle, my father's younger brother. I was born in 1946 and grew up in the same West Texas town and in the same house he did. I poured over his West Point annuals, and decided at age 5 or 6 I wanted to fly. I was fortunate enough to get into the Air Force Academy, went to pilot training, and flew the F-4 and F-15, with combat time in Southeast Asia and six years in Cold War Europe.
I thank the person who entered the information on my uncle.
— Submitted July 12, 2018, by Jack Bogusch of Canon City, Colorado.
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