Robert Bogison was born in a working-class
neighborhood in Pontiac, Michigan. After graduating from Granada Hills High
School in 1966 he focused on college, pool halls, surfing, and part-time jobs.
In early January, 1968 Bogison enlisted in the US Army to become a Military
Policeman. Basic training followed at Fort Ord, California and Military Police
School, Fort Gordon, Georgia. His first duty station was the Correctional
Training Facility at Fort Riley, Kansas assigned to rehabilitate incorrigible
soldiers, some of whom had circulated for many years in the military penal
system since being drafted in the early 1960s.
In July, 1969 he shipped out to the 284th
Military Police Company headquartered in the infamous Long Binh Jail compound.
Four months later - and by dint of unconventional personal initiative - he
transferred to B Company, Bushwhackers, 720th Military Police Battalion to be
a squad leader. B Company is the only combat infantry MP unit in Military
Police Corps history.
He graduated with a BA in Sociology at
California State University, Northridge in 1973.
In 1977 he joined the Reno, Nevada Police
Department. Over ten years there he was assigned to the Intelligence Unit, the
SWAT Team and five years with the Robbery/Homicide Unit. In 1987 he was
appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department as a Tactics/Officer Survival
Instructor, Homicide Detective and Homicide Detective Supervisor until he was
medically retired in 2004 for job-related injuries. Nineteen years were devoted
to homicide investigations. Since 2004, Robert and his wife Lorraine, have made
their home on twenty acres of mountain land in the forest outside Bozeman,
Montana in a house designed and built by his son, Brian a law school graduate of
the University of London. His daughter Kari, is a graduate of the University of
Alabama. Robert C. Bogison is the author of Up-Close & Personal
In-Country, Chieu Hoi, Vietnam 1969-1970.