John Beugnot Wogan (January 1, 1890 – September 30, 1968) was a decorated United States Army officer with the rank of Major General. He is most noted for his leadership of the 13th Armored Division for the most of World War II.
John B. Wogan was born on January 1, 1890 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1915 as a part of The class the stars fell on. His classmates were for example Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar N. Bradley, James Van Fleet or Stafford LeRoy Irwin. All big future generals of World War II.
He was commissioned a Second lieutenant of Coastal Artillery and his first service assignment was at Fort H. G. Wright during years 1915-1916.
Fluent in both French and English (parents were from old New Orleans French lineage), Wogan spent extensive time in France as a staff translator for the Army of Occupation after World War 1.
In 1931, Wogan was posted to Panama as a major of Pack Artillery, and oversaw the first ever aerial deployment of artillery, using army aircraft to transport artillery from one side of the Panama Canal to the other.
In 1939, Wogan transferred service branches once again, this time to the Armored Corps. He eventually rose in rank to Major General, commanding the 13th Armored division from 1942 to 1945. In the last days of World War 2, Wogan fought a desperate German offensive in the Ruhr Pocket, where he was severely wounded by German rifle fire. He was forced to medically retire as a result of these wounds after a lengthy convalescence in military hospitals.
Wogan retired to his wife's hometown of Asheville, North Carolina, where he spent the remainder of his life as the director of the Veteran's Hospital there. He was active in civic causes until his death in 1968.
|Army Distinguished Service Medal|
|Legion of Merit|
|Mexican Border Service Medal|
|World War I Victory Medal|
|American Defense Service Medal|
|American Campaign Medal|
||European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four Service Stars|
|World War II Victory Medal|