Maj. Wallace Cole Hogan Jr.
Hometown: Fla., USA
Occupation: U.S. Army, U.S. Army
Location: Ground, Pentagon
"Cole was a Green Beret [Special Forces] soldier during his entire military career. The green beret signifies excellence, discipline and sacrifice from the soldier and his family. Cole was a proud Green Beret and served his country until his last breath." --Pat Hogan, wife
Maj. Wallace C. Hogan Jr., 40, who went by his middle name, Cole, was Army through and through. He had served with the Green Berets, the Special Forces and, ultimately, as a general's aide at the Pentagon.
He loved every job, said his father, Wallace C. Hogan Sr.
He had hobbies, including hunting and car repair, but his focus was on the military, his father said.
"He was a very gung-ho military man," he said. "He would have stayed in the Army until they kicked him out."
Hogan, who grew up in Macon, Ga., and was living in Fairfax County, joined the Army National Guard after graduating from Valdosta State College. He became part of the regular Army during the Persian Gulf War. He was stationed in Hawaii and Panama before his transfer to the Pentagon.
It was in Panama that he met his wife-to-be, Pat, an Air Force doctor. When Hogan fell ill, Pat was assigned to treat him, his father said. The two were together in Panama for a year. More than three years ago, they were transferred to Washington, Hogan to the Pentagon and his wife to Andrews Air Force Base. They would have celebrated their second anniversary in October.
The discipline of the Army appealed to Hogan, his father said: "He liked having to do things right."
Neighbors said they hardly ever saw Hogan in uniform.
Some days, they said, Hogan would bike to the Pentagon from his home in the Alexandria area of Fairfax, whizzing down the street in bicyclist's gear.
He was also a dedicated volunteer with a neighborhood revitalization program.
Sharon Brumleve, who lived up the street from Hogan, was the chairwoman of that committee. She said Hogan was a constantly friendly and positive presence. When Hogan became a general's aide several months ago, he chatted about the promotion with his neighbor. Brumleve said Hogan told her he was nervous that the extra hours would take him away from his wife, but he was confident that the new job would help him keep moving up in the career he loved.
-- Rosalind S. Helderman
Source: The Washington Post, AP and washingtonpost.com
The profiles in this feature were written in the months following Sept. 11, 2001.
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