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Game Warden William Harlan Pogue

Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Idaho

End of Watch Monday, January 5, 1981

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Reflections for Game Warden William Harlan Pogue


Mortimer J Keane RET PO

June 2, 2023

May these two true heroes RIP. Never forget their sacrifice.

Capt. Stewart Lieber (Ret.)

January 5, 2023

I remember watching the news coming in across the teletype. I distinctly remember the description of the personal effects belonging to Bill Pogue. Pocket knife he carried, etc. I still feel the anger towards that Idaho “jury”! One of the worst miscarriages of justice ever…for such a heinous murder.

Lt Gene Pester Ret.
Okla. State Game Warden Ret.

January 6, 2022

I knew the Reno based FBI Agents who apprehended Claude Dallas in Humboldt County (Nevada), sometime after the murders. One of the agents has since passed away (S/A Nenzel), but the others, including S/A Wick are retired. Claude spend much of his time in Nevada and was hiding out in Paradise Valley, when tracked down by the FBI and local law enforcement. Dallas was wounded while fleeing in a pick-up truck. Dallas got off with a lenient sentence in Idaho, and later escaped from an Idaho prison, but was apprehended later in California. Unfortunately the defense during the trial tried to vilify Officers Pogue and Elms, but both officers were obviously dedicated professionals, who strived to protect our natural resources. Dallas had several poached hides when confronted in his camp by the officers. I thank Officer Pogue and Elms for their sacrifice and service to the citizens of Idaho and Nevada. As a hunter and outdoorsman myself, these men should never be forgotten for their dedicated and exemplary service.

James Lopey, Assistant Sheriff (Ret)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office (Reno, Nevada)
Nevada DPS

January 5, 2022

Rest In peace sir. I was only 15 when you and Conley were murdered.For Claude Dallas to glorified as a hero is a travesty.

Retired deputy game warden for the state of Pa.,after 25 years of service.

Chris Grecco

Retired DWCO Chris Grecco
Pa. Game Commission Deputy Game Warden

April 21, 2020

Rest in Peace Brother, see you in eternity.

PA Deputy Game Warden McClelland

February 27, 2020

38yrs later your memory remains with us.

D. E. King
Christian Co KY Sheriffs Office

January 5, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service. May the coward who took your and your partner's life suffer and rot.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 5, 2018

We remember your sacrifice today and every day. May the scum that murdered you never have a day of peace.

Deputy D. E. King
Christian Co KY Sheriffs Dept

January 6, 2017

The reason why the guy was released from prison because he was convicted of manslaughter instead of murder. If convicted of murder he would still be in jail


July 26, 2016

RIP, Game Warden Pogue. I thank you for your service and your dedication to enforcing the game laws. It is sad that your killer was released on parole for good behavior in 2005, but it is your good legacy that will be forever remembered.

Officer J. Honeycutt
Utah Valley University Police

July 25, 2016

This case and this dedicated Wildlife Officer changed my life as a young 14 year old aspiring Game Warden living in southern Missouri. I went on to obtain my degree in Wildlife Conservation and Minor in Law Enforcement. During several of those college classes, I completed term papers and such, each one using law to defend these officers against unfair and ignorant views of "justification." I then became a Police Officer and have now served my community for 26 years, always remembering William H. "Bill" Pogue. Four years ago, my sons and I decided to continue our hobby of restoring vintage LE vehicles by paying tribute to Officer Pogue and Conley Elms in the form of a tribute/memorial truck to display at car shows, LE events, etc. I contacted Officer Pogue's family in Boise to ask permission for such an intimate project. Our families have since become friends, dear friends like family, each side feeling like we may be linked in our distant family tree! My wife has told me that she feels safe when I go to work, because I learned so much from Officer Pogue post-mortem. I carry his proud dedication to service with me with work each shift I complete! You changed my life sir, and I hope to meet you "on the other side" someday. Your family is amazing and your legacy is strong and complete!!!

Cpl. K.L. Sweckard
Springfield Missouri Police

September 23, 2015

I worked with Bill when I was a biologist with the U.S. Forces Service on the Idaho City and Lowman Ranger Districts in 1978-79. I admired Bill for his backcountry skills and his courage. When I worked alone in the woods, I always had a sense of security when I saw Bill in the area. I knew I could always depend on him.

Supervisory Biologist Jeff Reiner
U.S. Forest Service

October 7, 2014

This incident is recalled with great sadness.
Taking the lives of two men over some pelts.
Claude Dallas is a poster child for cowardice.
Macho mountain man? Please!
Yet, when it came time to show real bravery, and serve his country, he
Chose to run and let someone else go to to Vietnam in his place.
He is a coward. When he finally passes away himself, the fires of
hell will leap a thousand feet.

Retired Game Warden
Iowa DNR

April 2, 2014

Bill was a personal friend I worked with him in 1979 in Idaho City Idaho, At the time I was a Law Enforcement Officer for the U.S. Forest Service. Bill was a great guy and helped me many times with forest game violations.

If you worked with Bill you had to like him he was a fair and very hard working individual. His knowledge of the woods and hunters was vast. I still have a hard time with the fact of his death. All I can say now is RIP Bill we miss you.

Sr. Criminal Investigator John H. Moore
Office Of Inpector General USDA

March 21, 2013

Rest in Peace, Game Warden Pogue. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 7, 2012

You were a Hero Sir, I know your story very well as I followed it close. I remember I was in Vegas during the Superbowl when they had a news break about the release of your killer in 2005. I was sick! RIP now and I will never forget you as you are a HERO Sir.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

February 16, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the thirty-first anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever, I think you and your family were robbed of justice when the killer of you and your partner was released after 25 years. Anyone murdering two officers should never be released.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 5, 2012

William Pogue and Conley Elms died horrible deaths. My dad and a cowboy singer/songwrighter(Brenn Hill) wrote a song about them called The Balllad of Pogue and Elms. You can find the song on the internet or on itunes. They wrote this song because of Ian Tyson's song about Claude Dallas(the murderer) calling him a hero. They didn't think that was right so the wrote this song. The Ballad of Pogue and Elms, by Brenn Hill.

Cade Bragonier

May 1, 2011

As a Idaho Biologist and Conservation Officer, I worked with Bill Pogue out of the Boise Office on several large tasks together. I found Bill to be a gentle-man and an Officer of the highest integrity! Another Officer & I were privileged to retrieve Bill's wife and personal belongings from the midst of a forest fire at their home on the Payette River in Summer, 1966. Bill was, of course, away on a case up North and not available quickly. After it was over, Bill was so incredibly appreciative!! Over the years, Bill, in turn, helped out MANY others in the Department! He was an integral part of our Fish & Game Family! Rest in peace, Bill!.....Dave

Conservation Officer David W. Heiser
Idaho F&G, 1965-1966

May 8, 2010

Though I never knew him, he was part of my Law Enforcement family and I will mourn this deep loss the rest of my life. My heart aches with all the losses we have suffered, and continue to suffer, through the years. God is our only peace in such incidents & our only real comfort comes from Him. May His strength, comfort & peace continue to be the sustaining force in the lives of all who knew this beloved officer; and may it somehow help to know that,even after all these years,he is respectfully remembered and his sacrifice appreciated.

Vicki Hare, Telecommunicator
Salisbury NC PD

October 13, 2009

You will never be forgotten, rest in peace, God bless you and your family.

Detective M. Marks
Pittsburgh Police Department

April 13, 2009



September 9, 2008

I was a kid when you were killed, but it was one of the defining moments in my life.

Officer Thompson

March 25, 2008

You will never be forgotten.

D. E. King
Munfordville KY P.D

January 9, 2008

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