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James Franklin Hagan Jr.

Submitted by: Linda A Walters {niece}

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James Hagan served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

 

James, second of five children of Martha Christina and James Franklin Hagan, enlisted along with his older brother Paul. According to family papers Paul did not pass his military physical. James, along with several other young men from Anacostia, was sent to France and served with Battery 'E' of the 18th Field Artillery.

The letter I have was sent to James' mother. It stated he was KIA about 12:15PM September 12, 1918:

"An isolated German battery, which had not been silenced had us in an almost enface fire. A "77"shell hit right on the edge of the trail. Your son was instantly killed, being struct by shell fragments in the body and leg. The effect of this shell was very deadly as it killed four and wounded four of the gun crew, Sergeant Green and corporal Hagan are among the killed."

My mother ( James' little sister) and father as well as my daughter and myself have visited France and the cemetery where he is buried as well as the monument on the National Mall for WWI military KIA from Washington,DC.