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Loren Douglas Hagen

 

TAPS

Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Arlington National Cemetery
  28-1204 

BORN:  February 25, 1946 at Fargo, ND

Entered Service in the US Army from Fargo, ND

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism on August 07, 1971 in Vietnam

DIED:  August 07, 1971 at the age of 25

First Lieutenant Hagen's small team came under a fierce assault by a superior-sized enemy force while on a recon mission deep into enemy territory. Lieutenant Hagen began returning small-arms fire upon the attackers and successfully led this team in repelling the first onslaught. He then deployed his men into more strategic defense locations before the enemy struck again in an attempt to overrun and annihilate the beleaguered team. He repeatedly exposed himself to- the enemy fire as he moved about the perimeter, directing fire, rallying the members, and re-supplying the team with ammunition, while courageously returning small arms and hand grenade fire. After observing an enemy rocket hit and destroy one of the team's bunkers, he moved toward the wrecked bunker in search for team members despite the fact that the enemy force now controlled the bunker area. With total disregard for his own personal safety, he crawled through the enemy fire while returning small-arms fire upon the enemy force. Undaunted by the enemy rockets and grenades impacting all around him, First Lieutenant Hagen desperately advanced upon the destroyed bunker until he was fatally wounded by enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire.

 

 

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