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15770 Hagel, Jack Bain
January 15, 1925 - February 03, 1948




Published Assembly Apr '49

Jack Bain Hagel   No. 15770   Class of 1946  Died February 3, 1948, on Okinawa, aged 24 years.

Jacks beaming face and sparkling eyes always greeted his many acquaintances as did a series of personalized remarks which were aimed to change a solemn face to one of smiles. To recall a pleasant memory and to tell that memory in a joking manner was his way of bringing out the brighter side of those around him. When he walked into a room it seemed to brighten as if someone had suddenly turned on the lights. To worry was not his nature. Many times I have heard him say that to worry would be the last thing he would ever do for life was too short. Jack was a strong, intelligent man who knew that action was the only way to reach a satisfactory solution to a problem. He would think the problem over, reach a scientific solution, and carry that solution to a satisfactory end by hard work and determination. Perhaps an excerpt from the remarks under Jack's picture in the nineteen forty-six Howitzer could best exemplify the response everyone had to the stimulus that he provided. "Full of life and with a spirit of take things as they come Jack was an earnest and jovial fellow who will succeed wherever he goes."

Jack was born on December 3, 1923 in Seymour, Indiana. At the age of two his family moved to Washington, Indiana where he started and finished his secondary education with his graduation from the Washington High School on June 6, 1941. In September of 1942 he entered Millard's in Washington, D. C. in preparation for the competitive examination for the appointment to West Point. After seven months of study Jack successfully passed the examination and was awarded the Congressional appointment to West Point from the 7th District of Indiana. It was at the Point, where he entered on July 1, 1943, that his desire for education was satisfied. It was there also that he became interested in radio, which he liked nearly as well as playing his saxophone. After three years of diligent study he received his commission In the Coast Artillery and degree of Bachelor of Science, on June 4, 1946. Shortly thereafter, on June 13, 1946 Jack married his high school sweetheart, Sue Ann Schild, at Washington, Indiana. His active duty in his chosen branch of the Army began with more schooling and field work at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in August 1946. From there he was transferred to Fort Bliss, Texas in March 1947. Before his departure for Guam, Jack became the father of a son, Larry Bain, who was born on March 27, 1947. Jack left Camp Stoneman, California on May 28, 1947 for Guam where he stayed for only a few hours before being transferred to Saipan. From Saipan he was transferred to Okinawa.

Jack was with the 226th Ordnance Base Depot at the time of his death on February 3, 1948, on Okinawa. On Okinawa his comrades bade a final farewell to their friend at a service in a little white chapel at Machinado before his body was returned to Washington, Indiana to lie in rest in St. John's Cemetery. He is survived by his widow, Sue Ann; his son, Larry Bain; his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Hagel; two brothers, Robert and Thomas; and one sister Phyllis.

  It is very difficult to express in words the greatness of a man, but that greatness is easily seen in the feelings of those who loved him. Why should a family be so deeply shaken and pierced by such tragic news if there were not greatness in the individual lost? Jack was all that a mother and father, a brother and sister, a wife and son could have ever hoped for. I believe that I could examine the twelve points of the Scout's Law which Jack accepted on his way to Eagle Scout and while Scoutmaster of his troop and never find one of the points that Jack did not live up to throughout his life. 

             His Brother, Thomas L. Hagel

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