ROBERT ANTHONY BOGARDUS

Robert Bogardus

Bob grew up on the Hudson River above West Point but chose Annapolis, being appointed from New York. After graduation he reported to IDAHO which was taking part in the North Atlantic Patrol during 1941. On December 7th he was en route to Kearny, New Jersey to commission AARON WARD. That ship was considerably damaged at Guadalcanal and he transferred to PENSACOLA. He served as Gunnery Officer supporting landings at Tarawa, the Carolines, Leyte, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and spent the summer of 1944 in the Aleutians raiding the Kuriles.

After taking part in the occupation of Northern Honshu and Hokkaido, PENSACOLA returned and Bob was married to Sally Ray, a lieutenant in the WAVES, in 1946. PENSACOLA then performed her last mission at the atom bomb tests at Bikini.

Bob and Sally's children--Robert Anthony Jr., John Harker and Jane Roberts--were born in Washington, Oregon and Virginia during shore duty in 13th Naval District Intelligence and Fleet Training Group, Chesapeake Bay. Bob reported as Exec of GURKE and spent seventeen out of twenty-seven months at sea. He participated in the Inchon invasion in 1950 for which he was awarded the Bronze Star.

In 1953 Bob commissioned and took command of NEPTUNE, the Navy's first large cable layer. After twenty months laying the largest submarine cable ever made, he reported to SERVLANT Staff to continue supervision of this most interesting project. In 1957 Bob took command of CONY which helped suppress the uprising in Lebanon. His last duty before retiring was Exec of Naval Station, Norfolk.

The family settled in Portland, Oregon, where Bob was an account executive for two brokerage firms before joining U.S. National Bank's Trust Investment department. He retired for the second time in 1979 and moved to the Oregon Coast where he and Sally had built a beach house.

In retirement Bob most enjoyed his hobby of wood carving. Representative of his work: a class seal hangs in the '40 wardroom in Bancroft Hall and a USNA crest is in the tap room at the Alumni House. Bob died very suddenly in February 1983 of a pulmonary blockage. His wish was to have his ashes interred in the family plot in Coxsackie, New York--where his ancestors settled 350 years ago.