John Frank Logan
March 15, 2017
John Frank Logan, 96, a resident of Goldendale, passed away Sunday March 12, 2017 at his home.
John was born November 11, 1920 in Wright City, Oklahoma. He was the fifth of six children born to Seward C. and Clara (Hess) Logan. He was raised in McCurtain County Oklahoma and graduated from Idabel High School in 1939. He attended Southwestern Oklahoma State College in Weatherford, Oklahoma from 1939 until December 1941.
In March of 1942 John enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He was assigned to the Fourth Emergency Rescue Squadron in the South Pacific as a radar observer, radio operator and aerial gunner in sea search on PBY float planes. They accompanied bombers on bombing missions. On the return of the bombers, if any were shot up and went down, the PBY would stand by for rescue. If the sea was too rough, they would call and direct surface ships or submarines to the rescue. The operations John participated in were the Air Offensive Japan, the Eastern Mandates, and the Western Pacific. They flew out of Kwajalein, Saipan, Guam, Ulithik, Peleliu, Eniwetok, and Iwo Jima. In late May, 1945 the pilot of the PBY landed in a light Pacific storm to pick up a bomber crew of 10 or 11 people. They got the injured members of the bomber crew on board the plane, and during take-off a swell broke over the plane ripping off one of the engines. The pilot suffered severe head injuries and later died. John was also injured. They radioed the submarine, U.S.S Tigrone. Because the Tigrone had already rescued other plane crews, they had 31 additional people on board. It was the largest rescue by a submarine in WWII. John finished the war at Saipan as a trainer for new flight crews.
John attended Oklahoma State College from 1946-47. In 1947 he transferred to Colorado State A&M, graduating with a BS in Science in 1948 and an MS in Forestry in 1949. He worked on the shelterbelt project for the Great Plains in western Oklahoma, the U.S. Forest Service out of the Tieton and Naches Ranger Stations in Washington State, Boise Cascade in Goldendale and the Washington State Highway Department out of Vancouver and East Wenatchee. He retired in 1980 and lived in Nevada until returning to Goldendale in 1999.
John was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Logan, daughter, Lee Janice Logan McFarland, and his parents and siblings.
He is survived by daughters Nancy Logan and Linda Blanchard (Lyle) of Goldendale. He is also survived by granddaughters Holly Blanchard and Amy Cottrille, and great-grandchildren Talia, Ian, and Ronan Cottrille.
There will be a memorial service later this spring.