Retired Dec. 1, 1972. Died April 13, 1996.
Major General Henry Leon Hogan III, is director of information, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force.
General Hogan was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1920. He graduated from Highlands High School, Fort Thomas, Ky., in 1938. He served as an enlisted man for one year in the 11th Infantry, U.S. Army, at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind., and then for a year in the 123d Cavalry of the Kentucky National Guard. He attended the Sullivan Preparatory School, Washington, D.C., and won a competitive appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He was president of his class and served as Cadet Regimental Commander. He completed his flying training while at West Point and graduated in June 1943 with a commission as second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps.
During World War II, he served as a B-17 aircraft pilot and squadron operations officer with the 483d Bombardment Group of the Fifteenth Air Force based at Foggia, Italy, and flew 51 combat missions.
In November 1944 General Hogan returned to the United States and was assigned to Stewart Field, Newburgh, N.Y., as a flying instructor.
In 1946 General Hogan returned to the U.S. Military Academy and served as aide, then as executive officer and pilot for the superintendent. He was next assigned as the first U.S. Air Force exchange officer on the staff of the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell, England. He returned to the United States in 1950 and, after serving as an instructor in the Seminar Division of the Air Tactical School, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., reported to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, for duty in the War Plans Division under the deputy chief of staff for operations.
From 1953 to 1955, he served in the offices of Secretaries of the Air Force Harold E. Talbott and Donald S. Quarles.
In 1955 General Hogan became a member of the original staff of the U.S. Air Force Academy at Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, Colo., where he was responsible for the military studies program for the Air Force Cadet Wing. In 1958 he was appointed deputy commandant of cadets for airmanship studies at the Air Force Academy, concurrent with the move of the academy to its permanent site near Colorado Springs, Colo. He served there until selected to attend the National War College in Washington, D.C.
After graduating from the National War College in 1960, he was assigned to Strategic Air Command and served as deputy commander for maintenance for the 68th Bombardment Wing at Chennault Air Force Base, La. In 1962 he became vice commander of this B-47 aircraft wing. In June 1962 General Hogan was assigned as commander of the 384th Bombardment Wing, also a B-47 jet unit of SAC, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.
He was reassigned to the Pentagon in July 1963 as Air Force member of the Chairman's Staff Group in the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Upon his selection to brigadier general in 1965, General Hogan assumed command of the 810th Strategic Aerospace Division (SAC) with headquarters at Minot Air Force Base, N.D.
General Hogan assumed the duties of Deputy Director of Information, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, in July 1968, and was named the director of information in July 1969.
He is a command pilot, with 6,000 flying hours. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal and Distinguished Unit Citation Emblem.
He was promoted to the temporary grade of major general effective Feb. 24, 1970, with date of rank Aug. 10, 1965.