JAMES R HAGEN
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HONORED ON PANEL 1E, LINE 78 OF THE WALL

JAMES ROBERT HAGEN

WALL NAME

JAMES R HAGEN

PANEL / LINE

1E/78

DATE OF BIRTH

05/06/1921

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/24/1964

HOME OF RECORD

STANLEY

COUNTY OF RECORD

Clark County

STATE

WI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

LTC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES ROBERT HAGEN
POSTED ON 3.11.1999
POSTED BY: Ed Keith

Not the Best Christmas

Everyone on the wall should be remembered. They were real people, not just an etched name in black. I didn't know James Hagen, but I heard him die. SP/4 Chuck Davis and I managed to get a soft two-month assignment in Saigon to break up our up-country tour. We worked at MACV, then located near downtown. After work on Christmas eve, we took the bus to the Brinks Hotel a few minutes before 6:00PM. We walked two blocks to a restaurant and Wham, a big explosion. Two dead, including Lt Col Hagen, and 78 injured. A car bomb had destroyed the Brinks Hotel. It was all over in a heart-beat. It just didn't seem right to lose a life only hours before Christmas.
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