Retired Army colonel Stanley J. Grogan, 87, who headed public relations in the War Department during most of World War II and who then served 15 years as a deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency for public affairs, died of cancer April 13 at the Wisconsin Avenue Nursing Home.
Col. Grogan began his military career in 1917. He was commissioned in the Army and saw service in France during World War I. He served at various posts in the ensuing years and then, in 1939, he was assigned to head a public relations section in the War Department. He held this post until 1944 and was responsible for announcing many of the major stories of the war.
In 1944, he was transferred to Italy and saw action with Gen. Mark Clark's 5th Army. His last military assignment was as commander of the base at Berchtesgaden, Germany, where Hitler had had a retreat. Col. Grogan retired from the Army in 1951.
In the same year, he began his career with the CIA. He retired a second time in 1966.
His military decorations included the Legion of merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal. He also held decorations from Britain, Italy, Czechoslovakia and Brazil.
Col. Grogan was born in Archbald, Pa., and grew up in Scranton. He was a reporter on several newspapers in Pennsylvania and New England. In 1912. he joined the old New York World. He held that job until he joined the Army.
Col. Grogan's survivors include his wife, Marine Di Giorgio Grogan, of the home in Washington; a son, Dr. Stanely J. Jr., of Pinole, Calif.; a daughter, Patricia Grogan Brown, of Taft, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Thomas Rittenhouse, of Scranton; six grandchilren, and four great-grandchildren.