2012-01-06 / Community

Congressman Turner Becomes Hogan’s Hero


Congressman Turner presents Michael Hogan with an American flag. Congressman Turner presents Michael Hogan with an American flag. Congressman Bob Turner and constituent Michael Hogan got a chance this last week to exchange a very special gift this holiday season.

Earlier this month Turner was able to call Hogan, who lives in the Glendale section of Queens, and tell him that his office was able to successfully confirm the military service of his grandfather, Private First Class William Henry Hogan, and help him receive a military headstone.

Since his father’s death in 1987, Hogan has been unable to find the military records that his family once had. He contacted the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), National Personnel Records Center who informed him that a fire in 1973 at a St. Louis storage facility destroyed 80 percent of all records and that they could not find anything on his grandfather. Hogan then contacted the VA Hospital in the Bronx where his grandfather resided until his passing. The hospital told him that those records would be in storage somewhere in New Jersey. Turner’s office worked with Hogan to track down that information and, once found, worked with the Congressman’s constituent and the VA to confirm William Hogan’s service and secure him a military headstone.

“I was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to inform Mr. Hogan that his grandfather’s eligibility for a government headstone had been confirmed and was ordered on November 29 to the St. Joseph Cemetery in Bedford, NH as requested and was delivered this past Friday,” Turner said.

The Congressman was able to present an early holiday present to Hogan – the American flag that every family of a U.S. veteran receives upon the service member’s death. Hogan gave the Congressman his sincere thanks on behalf of his family in return.

“When the Congressman personally broke the news to me, I got all choked up,” Hogan said. “My father really wanted this headstone for his father and passed that desire on to me. Right now, they are both probably looking down at me smiling. I would like to thank Congressman Turner and his staff for all their help in making this wish for three generations of Hogans come true.”

Congressman Turner stated that the outcome of this case is representative of the type of constituent services he has asked his staff to provide to residents of the 9th Congressional District.

“William Hogan deserves proper acknowledgement for his service to our country. Michael’s commitment to his grandfather is a testament to all veterans that their service will never be forgotten. I would like to thank PFC Hogan for his commitment and service to our country and Michael for his commitment and service to the memory of his grandfather. “I was so pleased that we could help Michael, and my staff and I hope to provide the same level of assistance to all our constituents.”

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