Island pastor’s son killed in Afghanistan

The Associated Press reported today that Cpl. Jason M. Bogar was one of nine soldiers killed in an insurgent raid in eastern Afghanistan over the weekend. He was the son of Michael Bogar, pastor of the Spiritual Enrichment Center of West Sound on Bainbridge Island.

Jason Bogar, 25, of Seattle, died when a newly built American outpost in remote Wanat was attacked before dawn Sunday by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades, the Pentagon announced Wednesday. It was the deadliest incident for U.S. forces in Afghanistan since June 2005, when 16 American soldiers were killed as a rocket-propelled grenade shot down their helicopter.

The soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team based in Vicenza, Italy.

Jason Bogar grew up in the Seattle and Everett areas and attended Bothell High School before earning his high-school degree in a Job Corps program in Mount Vernon.

2 thoughts on “Island pastor’s son killed in Afghanistan

  1. To the parents of Cpl. Jason Bogar go our sincerest condolances and prayers. Corporal Bogar was a brave young soldier serving his country and aiding people in far-off places.

    I too have a young son in the US Army and appreciate the tremendous sacrifice all parents endure with a loved son or daughter in harm’s way.

  2. My deepest sympathies to the Bogar family on the loss of your son.

    And the fact that there has not been a more immediate outpouring of sympathies here is proof that this country needs to consider bringing back the draft.

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