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Captain Peter W. Ogle, USN (Ret.), passed away at his home in Portland, OR, on December 16, 2017. He was born January 23, 1934 in Johnstown, PA. He is survived by Joanie (Scharafin), his wife of 42 years; two daughters, Stewart Fletcher and Leslie Cox, both of Atlanta, GA; a stepdaughter, Terrell Barnett of Edmonds, WA; and four grandchildren. He is preceded in death by five brothers, one sister, and parents Louise Christ and James Earl Ogle. There are no formal services planned and Peter will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC. Peter loved everything that had to do with aviation, and enjoyed a long, prosperous career in the U.S. Navy. After graduating from Johnstown High School, Peter spent a short time at Penn State University before he enlisted in the Navy. He was commissioned as an ensign on November 1, 1957 and designated a Naval Aviator on March 1, 1957. His assignments included a flight instructor tour in the Basic Training Command followed by fleet tours in the AD-6 Skyraider with VA-35 on two deployments to the Sixth Fleet aboard the USS Saratoga (CVA-60). The squadron flew out of Key West as low CAP during the Bay of Pigs but was never cleared to provide support for the landing forces on the beach. Peter was then transferred to VA-135 for the shakedown cruise aboard the USS Constellation (CVA-64). He served as Flag Lieutenant to ComFairMed in Naples for a two year overseas tour. Subsequent tours included VA-45 at Cecil Field flying the TF-9J Cougar as a RAG instructor followed by VA-97 at NAS Lemoore for RAG training in the A-7A Corsair II, deploying aboard the Constellation for a combat tour in Vietnam. Peter is a graduate of the Naval War College, Command and Staff course, and was assigned to the staff as Head of Strategy and Tactics Division in the correspondence school. He is also a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a BA in Political Science and a Masters degree in International Affairs from George Washington University. He was selected as Navigator of USS Oriskany (CVA-34) for her final Vietnam combat deployment, returning to Alameda for a fast four month turn-around to deploy to the Indian Ocean in response to the 1973 Arab-Israeli War. He returned to Lemoore, reporting to VA-25 for XO/CO tour flying the A-7E aboard USS Ranger (CV-61) for two WestPac deployments. On completion of his squadron tour he reported to ComLatWingPac staff as Training and Readiness Officer, Operations Officer, and was appointed head of the fleet Introduction team for the F/A-18 Hornet for both Navy and Marine Corps, East and West Coast. He served as Chief of Staff until his retirement in 1981 after 26 years of active duty. He is a recipient of the Legion of Merit. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Peter name to the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. This link is how to give in Petes name: http://www.navalaviationfoundation.org/ways-to-give/charter-memoriam/
Published on December 21, 2017
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