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October 23, 2012

Salem soldier remembered as gifted, funny


Hogan is the son of Richard and Jean Hogan of Salem, and has a sister, Nicole Hogan, also of Salem.

A woman who answered the phone at the Hogan home yesterday said the family did not wish to comment, referring all calls to Maj. Gregory Heilshorn, a public affairs officer for the New Hampshire National Guard.

A statement released on the family’s behalf said they best remember Hogan as a “natural leader and driven student-athlete who easily befriended others.”

Hogan’s parents described him as an avid marathoner and rock climber, who loved hiking, skiing and reading.

Hogan decided to join the military while in high school and originally wanted to become a Marine, according to his father. After graduating from VMI, he was stationed at Fort Drum in New York. His accolades there included serving as a platoon leader and executive officer.

He and a comrade teamed up to win the Army’s Best Sapper competition — a 52-hour competition involving 68 of the Army’s best combat engineers. They finished second the previous year.

Hogan was sent to Iraq with his battalion in June 2009. After returning, he became a Green Beret earlier this year and was a detachment commander with the Special Forces’ Company B, 4th Battalion.

His girlfriend, Karree Emmons of Clarksville, Tenn., said Hogan had a special affection for those he led.

“He genuinely cared about his team,” she said. “They were like his brothers. He knew when it was time to be in charge, but he always treated people as equals. He was a great example of a leader.”

Hogan’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, the Army Service Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with one Campaign Star, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Sapper Tab, the Ranger Tab, the Special Forces Tab and the Parachutist Badge.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. at Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home in Salem. A funeral service is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem.

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