Robert C. Hogan, SM3, US Navy, served in World War II, hailing from the village of Edgewood in Cranston, Rhode Island. Like others his age (including his older brother Jim), he dropped out of high school to enlist, traveling the world (on a destroyer in the South Pacific), “courtesy of Uncle Sam.”
My dad came back from his navy service – luckily alive and in one piece – with a big tattoo on his forearm; he and his brother returned to Cranston and finished high school (Cranston High School, before there was an East and West). My dad went on to graduate from law school, marry and start a family, and enjoy a forty-plus year career as an attorney. He died in 2002 and is buried in the R.I. Veterans Cemetery in Exeter, R.I., greatly missed by family and friends.