19500819 0000 Navy Cross VOGEL, RAYMOND WILLIAM, JR.*
Citation:
KWThe Navy Cross is presented to Raymond William Vogel, Jr. (077151), Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as Commander, Air Group ELEVEN (AG-11), attached to the U.S.S. Philippine Sea (CV-47), in action against enemy North Korean forces in the vicinity of Sŏul, Korea, on 19 August 1950.

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Commander Vogel led an attack by Corsair and Skyraider aircraft against the railroad bridge at Sŏul, Korea, which constituted a vital link in the land communications of the enemy. In the face of a heavy concentration of anti- aircraft defenses, he pressed home his attack and obtained the first bomb hit on the bridge. Following his bombing attack on the bridge, he unstintingly and without hesitation directed his fire on enemy anti-aircraft batteries. While thus protecting the other aircraft in his group during their attack on the bridge, Commander Vogel's plane was struck by intense anti-aircraft fire and was shot down. By his outstanding courage, his aggressive leadership, and his disregard for personal danger, Commander Vogel upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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