Ranger Vincent Richard Hagg
Born: 18 July 1925, Tyrone, Blair County, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 3 January 2018, Tyrone, Blair County, Pennsylvania, USA
Army Serial Number: 33765500
Ranger Battalion/Company: 2D
Enlisted: 25 October 1943, New Cumberland Pennsylvania
Discharged: 15 December 1945, Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania
Battles/Campaigns/Significants: D-Day plus 2,
Medals/Awards: Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, Combat Infantryman Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star, WWII Victory Medal, European-Africa-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation
Vincent Richard “Vince” Hagg, 92, Tyrone, died Wednesday January 3, 2018 at Epworth Manor, Tyrone.
He was born in Tyrone, son of the late Ralph and Emma (Schoch) Hagg.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews; and his special friend, Phyllis McCue.
He was preceded in death by two sisters: Sister Lambert and Louise Hagg; and three brothers: Joseph, Gene and Francis Hagg.
Vince was a 1944 graduate of Tyrone High School. He entered the U.S. Army and became one of the youngest Army Rangers. He served in the European Theatre of Operations as a sergeant in the Second Ranger Battalion, “D” Company. He was one of the men who landed on Omaha Beach during the second day of the D-Day Oper-ation. He was the recipient of the Combat Medal with five Bronze Stars.
In 2011, he was appointed a chevalier of the French Legion of Honor for his action in France. In addition, he also received the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Good Conduct Medal and the Bronze Star Badge. He was honored in Washington, D.C., during the 2015 Nat-ional Memorial Day concert, and he was a part of a group of Army Rangers representing the U.S. in France at Normandy Beach for the 2016 D-Day Celebration.
After the war, Vince returned home and attended St. Francis College, where he graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. From 1951-73, he went to work for Rockwell Inter-national, Pittsburgh, and then he moved home and worked as a sales engineer for Altoona Pipe and Steel Co. until his retirement in 1994.
He was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church, Tyrone, and of the Tyrone Elks Club BPOE No. 212, Tyrone Howard Gardner Post No. 281 American Legion and Anderson-Denny VFW Post 4559. He was also a life-member of the Bavarian Aid Society, as well as a member of both the Tyrone Knights of Columbus and the Tyrone Monogram Club.
He was an avid Tyrone football booster, and he enjoyed cooking. His specialty was a dandelion salad.