Very sad news for the VMI family:
The valedictorian of Virginia Military Institute’s Class of 2006, Hogan shared the stage with Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld during VMI’s graduation ceremony.
The mechanical engineering major graduated with a minor in writing. He was also a member of the cross country and indoor and outdoor track teams since his first year at VMI, and was elected captain of the cross country team his last two years at the school.
According to a 2006 VMI news release, Col. Timothy M. Hodges, professor and head of the mechanical engineering department, said: “Cadet Hogan is one of the best cadets in the department, and he has such a well-rounded background. Shawn was a Rhodes and Marshall scholar candidate, he placed 7th out of 3,600 in an Army ROTC competition, and he won the award for the best thesis in science and engineering. He has unlimited potential and can do just about anything.
Pause, honor, remember. RIP, CPT Hogan.