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Sgt Montgomery Hager

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Sgt Montgomery Hager

  • Birth 7 Jan 1910 Boone County, West Virginia, USA
  • Death 22 May 1950 Mount Gay, Logan County, West Virginia, USA
  • Burial Logan County, West Virginia, USA
  • Memorial ID 6487915

Montgomery Hager was the son of Frederic H. Hager (b 1872, d 1910) and Virginia ("Jennie") M. Plumley Hager (b 7-1875, d 7-1-1974). His siblings included William M. "Coonie" Hager (a World War I veteran), Everett I. Hager, Walter "Dub" Hager (a World War II US Army veteran), Liza Hager and Lora L. Hager Fillinger (b 1-16-1902, d 1-17-1995). After his father passed away, his mother remarried to Edward L. Cooper (1871 - 1956), and his half siblings included Donald Cooper (1918 - 2005), Osel Cooper, (1915 - 1915), and Opal Cooper (1915 - 1994). He was a US Army veteran of World War II, enlisted on 9-7-1940 at Fort Thomas Newport, Kentucky, and served with the 1278th Engineer Combat Battalion, deploying to Painswick Park, England on 12-27-1943. He then deployed to Normandy, France following D-Day on 6-26-1944. On 1-23-1945, his unit was redesignated the 5th Engineer Combat Battalion, had the unit motto "Courage. Skill. Strength," 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 minefields, fording rivers, clearing obstacles and fighting as infantry. On 11-25-1945, he returned with his battalion for a ticker-tape parade in New York, and was disactivated and discharged from the US Army on 11-26-1945. His service records reflected that he was 5'10", 154 lbs, and was a truck driver when he enlisted. He was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 bronze service stars, and the World War II Victory Medal. He was briefly married to Arnetta May Fillinger (b 5-24-1926, d 9-9-1992), but had no children. He was found on his couch murdered with a single knife wound in 1950. His last listed occupation was taxi driver.

LIFE: 40 Years, 4 Months, 15 Days

CAUSE OF DEATH: Murdered/ Knife Wound

A 'veteran' - whether active duty,
discharged, retired, or reserve -
is someone who, at one point in their
life, wrote a blank check made payable
to 'The United States of America,' for
an amount of 'up to, and including their
That is honor, and there are way too many
people in this country today, who no longer
understand that fact.

"I was that which others did not want to be. I went where others feared to go, and did what others failed to do. I asked nothing from those who gave nothing, and reluctantly accepted the thought of eternal loneliness...should I fail. I have seen the face of Terror; felt the stinging cold of Fear; and enjoyed the sweet taste of a moment's Love. I have cried, pained, and hoped...but most of all, I have lived times others would say were best forgotten. At least someday I will be able to say that I was proud of what I was...A Soldier."
George L. Skypeck, CPT, US Army


  • Created by: Rick
  • Added: 8 Jun 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6487915
  • Rick
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Montgomery Hager (7 Jan 1910–22 May 1950), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6487915, citing Hager Family Cemetery, Logan County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Rick (contributor 46528431) .