39th Bomb Group (VH)

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S/Sgt Herman T. Hagen

S/Sgt Herman T. Hagan - Mechanic Crew 26R

Herman was born to George Hagen, Sr. and Clara (Carlson) at Grand Forks on February 25, 1921; One of 8 children (5 boys and 3 girls).

He attended school in Grand Forks. He was an automobile mechanic, working at Wilcox and Malm and Rydell Chevrolet.

On his retirement, he went back to Rydells and worked as a dealer trade driver for 18 years, retiring in 1998.

He entered the US Army Air Force on October 20, 1942, and was discharged on December 22, 1945.

Herman married Florence Michaels in 1942 at Devils Lake, North Dakota. He married Elayne Axtell on August 20, 1949 at Grand Forks.

He has 1 daughter, Sandra and 2 sons Michael and Jace; 2 grandchildren and 2 Great-granddaughters.

The loves of his life were his family, the great outdoors, hunting, fishing, and reading. He was a great story and joke teller. He loved company, and reminiscing on the good old days with family and friends.

Source: Based on obituary dated 12/31/02 found on the Grand Forks Herald web site

Herman T. Hagen, passed away on December 28, 2002 at the Riverview Health Center, Crookston, Minnesota at the age of 81;

"Prior to his passing, he enjoyed information about the 39th obtained from your website as well as a contact he made with Allen Neidhardt from the 39th.

Without your help none of this would have been possible and I wish to thank you for that. In addition, Jay Ivey had mailed some never before seen photos to Herman's home in Grand Forks, ND which were deeply appreciated. The information from the website was a source of great enjoyment to him.

He is deeply missed by me, his family and friends" George Hagen, brother

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Source: Grand Forks Herald -; George Hagen; Photo - Jay Ivey