John Lawrence Hogan

First Lieutenant
Army of the United States
29 December 1947 - 28 March 1971
Exeter, New Hampshire
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for John Lawrence Hogan

12 Mar 2006

Dear Lt. Hogan,

While we were at the same places at the same time I never met you. I did have a really nice photograph of you and some of the guys from Mary Ann and thought it deserved to be on this site. I went out with Charlie Company on a few missions and had some real good friends who didn't make it that night. I wish you all could have made it and lived out your lives too.

The picture shows left to right Captain Richard V. Knight, Charlie Company Commander Killed in Action on Mary Ann; Lt Jerry Sams of Charlie Company, seriously wounded and 100% disabled that night; Sgt. Gibson; and of course Lt Larry Hogan shortly before you came back into Mary Ann and gave your life for your country.

God Bless You Lt. and your family.

SP/4 Larry M. Pistole
Squad Leader, Recon 1/46th
196th Light Infantry Brigade
Republic of Vietnam 1971

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On the night of 27/28 March 1971 Fire Support Base (FSB) Mary Ann was occupied by 209 Americans from several units of the Americal Division:
  • HHC 1/46th Infantry;
  • C Co 1/46th Infantry;
  • a Recon Platoon;
  • elements of a Mortar Platoon;
  • two 155mm howitzer sections, 3/16th Arty; and
  • twenty ARVN artillerymen.
At approximately 0230 hours, 28 March 1971, the VC mounted a coordinated mortar and sapper attack. Almost simultaneously with the mortar attack, sappers employed satchel charges and rocket propelled grenades (RPG) to penetrate the FSB's perimeter. Americans in the perimeter bunkers hunkered down until the explosions from the mortar rounds, satchel charges, and RPGs had subsided, but by then the sappers had breached the trench line and were inside the base. Once inside FSB Mary Ann, the sappers struck over half the bunkers. By the time the VC withdrew, 30 American soldiers were dead and 76 wounded.

The dead were

  • B Btry, 1st Bn, 14th Arty Rgt (FO w/ C/1/46 Inf)
    • 1LT John L. Hogan, Exeter, NH

  • C Btry, 3rd Bn, 16th Arty Rgt
    • SGT Clifford W. Corr, Viola, KS
    • SP4 Larry D. Austin, Des Moines, IA
    • CPL Donald C. Bennett, New Lexington, OH
    • CPL William W. Kirkpatrick, Torrance, CA
    • SP4 Roger D. Whirlow, Odessa, TX

  • A Co, 1st Bn, 46th Inf Rgt
  • C Co, 1st Bn, 46th Inf Rgt
    • CPT Richard V. Knight, Ormond Beach, FL
    • 1LT Carl B. McGee, Detroit, MI
    • SSG Terry H. Price, Salt Lake City, UT
    • SSG Warren P. Ritsema, Fremont, MI
    • SGT Ronald J. Becksted, Cleveland, OH
    • SGT Richard J. Boehm, Mandan, ND
    • SGT Richard R. Carson, Tuscola, IL
    • SGT Michael L. Crossley, Houston, TX
    • SGT Myron B. Johnson, Mandaree, ND
    • SGT Robert J. Schumacher, Lebanon, OR
    • SP4 Victor R. Bennett, Haskins, OH
    • SP4 James E. Edgemon, Bellevue, TX
    • CPL Druey L. Hatfield, Lorado, WV
    • CPL Michael S. Holloway, Wyoming, MI
    • CPL Dallas D. Robinson, Trade, TN
    • CPL Paul A. Sheer, Lakeview, OR
    • SP4 Donald M. Stotts, Fenton, MI
    • PFC Laymon Palmer, Little Rock, AR
    • PFC Clark V. Shawnee, Lawton, OK
    • PVT Steven D. Plath, St Louis Park, MN

  • HHC, 1st Bn, 46th Inf Rgt
    • SP5 Kyle S. Hamilton, St Paul, VA
    • PFC Wilbert S. Dupree, Jamaica, NY

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a fellow soldier in 1/46th,
Larry M. Pistole

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 12 Mar 2006
Last updated 02/04/2011