CSM (Ret.) Max B. Ogas

June 25, 1930October 14, 2013
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Visitation for CSM (Ret) Max B. Ogas will be on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove from 10:30am to 12:30pm, with burial to follow at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.

Max was born on June 25, 1930 to Max and Mary Barrous Ogas in Morenoi, Arizona and he passed away October 14, 2013 in Temple.

Max joined the Army at the age of 16. He was in combat in Korea and Vietnam. He was a soldier’s soldier-combat leader. He was stationed at Ft. Hood, Ft. Knox, and Ft. Polk. Duty stations also included Germany and Panama. He was 1st BDE CSM of 6th Air Cav. His decorations and awards include the National Defense Service Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster; World War II Victory Medal; Silver Star Medal; Presidential Unit Commendation; Korean Service Medal w/1 Silver Service Star & 3 Bronze Service Stars; Valorous Unit Award; United Nations Service Medal; Bronze Star Medal w/ “V” device & 2 Oak Leaf Clusters; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry w/ Palm; Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Commendation; Purple Heart Medal; Army Commendation Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters; Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 Silver Service Star; Good Conduct Medal Clasp, Silver, 2 Loops Air Medal w/ Numerals 8 & “V” Device; Legion of Merit.

Max met his wife C.J. at Ft. Knox where she was going to Cooks & Bakers School while she was enlisted in the Air Force. They were married in 1953. Max retired from the Army in 1976 at the rank of CSM.

Max also worked at the Ft. Hood Post Office and retired from there in 1993.

Max is preceded in death by two sons; Max and John Paul and his parents.

He will be greatly missed by his wife C.J., His Son Joseph Scott Ogas of Copperas Cove, Five Grandchildren and 1 Great Grandson.

Words of comfort may be left for the family at

Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home of Copperas Cove has been entrusted with arrangements.


  • Visitation Friday, October 18, 2013
  • Graveside Service Friday, October 18, 2013

CSM (Ret.) Max B. Ogas

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Richard Kochan

April 14, 2014

He was my role model and in some ways the father I never had. I knew Sergeant Ogas from June, 1957,(Fort Hood) until the spring of 1958 when he and CJ left Crailsheim, Germany to go to Vilseck, Germany.
Subsequently John Buche and I visited he and CJ in Texas. Take care CJ; I'll be in touch. Dick Kochan, Washington, D.C.

Debbie Ray

March 31, 2014

He will be truely missed by all who knew and loved him. A gentle giant, that when he spoke, we listened.

December 5, 2013

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Dorena Deakin-Akin

October 20, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Joan Boykin

October 18, 2013

Max will always be remembered by everyone in Army Community Service. He served faithfully as a volunteer for many years in several programs. It was always a pleasure to work with Max. He was a no-frills guy who was very passionate about Soldiers. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the Family.

Gregory Deakin

October 18, 2013

My condolences for your loss. My thoughts are with you at this time of sorrow. I wish i could have attended the funeral.

Joan Boykin

October 18, 2013

Max was a faithful volunteer with Army Community Service for many years. I had the fortunate opportunity to have him work with me in the ACS Information, Referral & Outreach Program. Max truly had a heart and passion for Soldiers. He wanted to be sure each newly arriving Soldier got off to a right start at Fort Hood. He was a wonderful mentor to both junior enlisted and senior enlisted Soldiers, and was well respected by senior Officers and civilian leaders. There was nothing too hard for Max. He was committed and dedicated to giving back to his community, and he never wanted to receive any form of recognition or reward for his contributions. He will be greatly missed by everyone in Army Community Service, and in the surrounding communities. My thoughts and prayers are with the Family during this time of sorrow.

Joan Boykin

Michael OG

October 17, 2013

Grandpa I Love you an miss you with all my heart I hope you realize how much I did I wish I could have been there to say my last goodbye but under the circumstanes that didnt allow me to be there here's my final goodbye an will never forget about you. Love Always Michael Ogas


October 17, 2013

You will be missed max.