Submitted by: Shawn Waldron
Victor Hagemann served in World War 1 with the United States Navy. The dates of service are: Known March 1918 - war's end?.
Victor L. Hagemann, World War I Veteran
Shared by John Hiltz to my class after we had researched our local monument that had his grandfathers name:
"I want to tell you some about my grandfather, Victor L. Hagemann. On the Merchantville Memorial, his name was misspelled and he is listed as Victor Hagerman. My grandmother told me that he was livid at the unveiling when he saw that his name was misspelled.
"When the United States entered the war, Victor was 20 years old and an accounting student at the University of Pennsylvania. He lived with his father and step-mother at 14 E. Walnut Avenue in Merchantville. He wanted to join the Navy before he was drafted. He considered being drafted before he could enlist as a sign of dishonor. However, in those days you were not considered to be an adult until you turned 21, so join the Navy, he had to have his parents sign a permission form. His father, Albert C. Hagemann refused to sign. Victor joined anyway, lying about his age. When Albert found out, he went and brought Victor home.