To the editor:
My name is Tracy Hogan, and I am Lance Cpl. Hunter Dalton Hogan’s mother. I would like to thank everyone in Indiana especially Jackson County and the town of Brownstown for all the love and support that has been given to my son. Also, a special thank-you to the Seymour Tribune for all the great publication that was done to help keep everyone informed.
Hunter was a proud and true Hoosier. He would be so honored for all the gratitude shown to him and his family during this tragic time. There are no words to express my own gratitude for all the hard work the Brownstown Town Council put into getting the honorary street signs along Walnut Street in Brownstown. Not only is he an American hero, he is now a Jackson County legend. Thank you.
On July 6, 2012, a memorial service was done in his honor in conjunction with his funeral in Nebraska. To all who worked diligently for this, thank you. A special thank-you to Brownstown Christian Church, Michael Patton, Brownstown Greenhouse, Wayne Gilbert and family, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1083, Jennifer Burnside, Gary Morning, Joe Robertson, Stan Thomas, Stephanie Brock, Betty Bowling, The Indiana Patriot Guard (Larry Thomas), Jackson County Sheriff’s Posse, T.B., Robin Carpenter, Beth Linnemeier and all who attended. The astounding show of community support was and is amazing still. All the love and compassion shown will forever be dear to my heart. Hunter’s true home is and always will be Jackson County, Indiana.
Also, a very special thank-you to Gary, Laura and Chase (Asbell) Plumer for the dedication of H.D.’s Arena in Cortland. “Long Live The Cowboy.” Hunter loved them so much.
God bless to all those who have and do contribute to the HD Hogan Rodeo Scholarship Fund and those who ride in the annual HD Hogan Hero’s Ride. We may get a cowboy in the White House one day.
As his mother, I know he would so appreciate and be humbled by all these efforts everyone has given in his honor. It has made me a more humble person, and I feel so blessed to be Hunter’s mother. He was such an amazing young man. He lived life to the fullest. His heart was as big as the sun with a smile just as bright. Often he was very opinionated, especially about politics and was hell bent on making a difference. He was, The Few … The Proud … The Marines.
Hunter had so many great friends: Chase Asbell Plumer, Ronnie Hedrick, Cody Gardner, Tyler Collings, Chad Burcham, Dalton Stevens, Ira Auffenberg, Brittney Anderson, Andrew Allman, Logan Miser, Teia Thomas, Emy Thomas, Cheyenne Holman, Dakota Holman, Mandy Sovern, Alex Burtner, Mahlon Dennis, Cassie Linnemeier, Tommy Darlage, Ashley Gilbert, Jamison Hendley, Scott (Bear) Jones and so many more. Thank you all for such great memories that I hold dear and cherish each day.
He was my hero the day God blessed me with him, and I am so happy I was able to share such an amazing blessing with all of you.
As H.D. would say, “It’s time to rock and roll. … Gotta go! Gotta go! Gotta rodeo!”
Much love and thanks to everyone.
Tracy R. Hogan
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