Hager, Montgomery, T/5

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Technician Fifth Grade
Last Service Branch
Engineer Corps
Last Primary MOS
968-Mine Detector Operator
Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1945, 968, (62J) General Construction Equipment Operator Course
Service Years
1940 - 1945

Technician Fifth Grade


One Service Stripe



Three Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
1910
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Mount Gay, West Virginia
Last Address
Mount Gay,
West Virginia

Date of Passing
May 22, 1950
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Honorably Discharged WW II


 Unofficial Badges 

Engineer Shoulder Cord Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran




 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Tech 5 Montgomery Hager's last known employment was as a taxi driver in Logan County, West Virginia.  He was found murdered in his residence on May 22, 1950.
   
Other Comments:
Montgomery Hager was born in Boone County, West Virginia on January 7, 1910, and was the son of Frederic H. Hager and Virginia ("Jennie") Plumley Hager.  His siblings included William M. "Coonie" Hager (a WWI veteran), Everett I. Hager, Walter "Dub" Hager (a WWII US Army veteran who fought in the Pacific Theater), Liza Hager and Lora L. Hager Fillinger.  

Tech 5 Hager served with the 1278th Engineer Combat Battalion, deployed to Painswick Park, England on 12/27/1943.  He then deployed to Normandy, France following the D-Day Invasion on 06/26/1944.  On 01/23/1945, his unit was redesignated the 5th Engineer Combat Battalion, and he was credited with the Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe Campaigns of World War II.  His unit spent their World War II service clearing mine fields, fording rivers, clearing obstacles and fighting as infantry.  On 11/25/1945, Tech 5 Hager returned with his battalion for a tickertape parade in New York, and was disactivated and discharged from the US Army on 11/26/1945.  He was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars and the WWII Victory Medal.

He was briefly married to Arenatta Fillinger but had no children.  His last known employment was taxi driver in Logan County, West Virginia.  He was found on his couch murdered with a single knife wound on May 22, 1950.    
   
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Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
Start Year
1944
End Year
1944

Description
The Normandy landings (codenamed Operation Neptune) were the landing operations on 6 June 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the invasion of German-occupied western Europe, led to the restoration of the French Republic, and contributed to an Allied victory in the war.

Planning for the operation began in 1943. In the months leading up to the invasion, the Allies conducted a substantial military deception, codenamed Operation Bodyguard, to mislead the Germans as to the date and location of the main Allied landings. The weather on D-Day was far from ideal, but postponing would have meant a delay of at least two weeks, as the invasion planners had requirements for the phase of the moon, the tides, and the time of day that meant only a few days in each month were deemed suitable. Hitler placed German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in command of German forces and of developing fortifications along the Atlantic Wall in anticipation of an Allied invasion.

The amphibious landings were preceded by extensive aerial and naval bombardment and an airborne assault—the landing of 24,000 British, US, and Canadian airborne troops shortly after midnight. Allied infantry and armoured divisions began landing on the coast of France starting at 06:30. The target 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coast was divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword Beach. Strong winds blew the landing craft east of their intended positions, particularly at Utah and Omaha. The men landed under heavy fire from gun emplacements overlooking the beaches, and the shore was mined and covered with obstacles such as wooden stakes, metal tripods, and barbed wire, making the work of the beach clearing teams difficult and dangerous. Casualties were heaviest at Omaha, with its high cliffs. At Gold, Juno, and Sword, several fortified towns were cleared in house-to-house fighting, and two major gun emplacements at Gold were disabled using specialised tanks.

The Allies failed to achieve all of their goals on the first day. Carentan, St. Lô, and Bayeux remained in German hands, and Caen, a major objective, was not captured until 21 July. Only two of the beaches (Juno and Gold) were linked on the first day, and all five bridgeheads were not connected until 12 June. However, the operation gained a foothold that the Allies gradually expanded over the coming months. German casualties on D-Day were around 1,000 men. Allied casualties were at least 10,000, with 4,414 confirmed dead. Museums, memorials, and war cemeteries in the area host many visitors each year.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1944
 
Last Updated:
Jul 26, 2010
   
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  319 Also There at This Battle:
  • Accattato, Rocco, PFC, (1943-1945)
  • Amerman, Walter G., CPT
  • Beck, Carl, M/Sgt, (1942-1963)
  • Bolling, Alexander Russell, MG, (1939-1973)
  • Brooks, Elton E., 1LT
  • Brown (MOH), Robert Evan, CPT, (1918-1952)
  • Bush, William Douglas, 1LT, (1942-1951)
  • Coe, Jim, Sgt, (1942-1945)
  • Crager, Howard, LTC, (1942-1945)
  • Edlin, Robert Thomas, CPT, (1934-1954)
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