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Originally published July 25, 2008 at 12:00 AM | Page modified July 26, 2008 at 12:00 AM


Cpl. Jason Bogar remembered for heroism in Iraq, Afghanistan

Cpl. Jason Bogar, who died in Afghanistan on July 13 had a passion for military service and photography. At a memorial service Friday in Seattle, Bogar received a Bronze Star, and a video montage of his slides was later shown by his family.

Seattle Times staff reporter

While serving overseas with the Washington National Guard and active-duty Army, Cpl. Jason Bogar, of Seattle, displayed a passion for both military service and photography.

Bogar served first in Iraq, then volunteered for two tours in Afghanistan. In both countries he often trained his camera on fellow soldiers as well as children.

Bogar died July 13 during a fierce battle that also claimed the lives of eight other soldiers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. He was 25.

Hundreds of people attended Bogar's memorial service Friday at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle. There, his father, Michael Bogar, remembered Jason as a tenderhearted man who had "no use for self-indulgence," and saw his last military deployment in Afghanistan as a way help children there.

Those attending the service included Washington National Guard soldiers who served with Bogar in Iraq in 2004, and who are now at a Yakima training ground as they prepare for a return trip to Iraq this fall with the 161st Battalion of the 81st Combat Brigade Team.

Also present was Sgt. Brian Hissong, a team leader with the Airborne Brigade unit that fought in Wanat. Hissong recalled teasing Bogar for his tendency to pick up his camera even as a firefight was under way. Hissong said would never forget his friend and comrade.

During the service, Bogar was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, given for heroism in combat, and other medals, including the Purple Heart.

After the service, mourners gathered for a reception, where, on a big screen at the front of the hall, Bogar's family played a video montage of his photography.

The first series of slides included a tribute Bogar photographed and edited to honor another fallen soldier. His family used that sequence to honor Bogar's sacrifice.

Others slides offered glimpses of Bogar's life in Iraq and Afghanistan and of the children he met along the way.

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