James M. Hagman

Corporal James M. Hagman, with the 100th Division of the Seventh Army in France, was recently promoted to his present grade from Private First Class. Corporal Hagman is the son of Mrs. Hazel Hagman, 813 Cameron Street.

Silver Star Given Cpl. James Hagman
The 100th Division has made two awards during the past month to local men of the division in recognition of individual action in the division's fighting on the southern end of the western front in France.

The awards singled out the part these men played in three months of the division's fight through the Vosges Mountains and the Alsatian-France sectors of the western front.

During the past month, the 100th met the Germans' counterdrive on the Seventh Army front with such effect that it was commended by Lieutenant General Jacob L. Devers, Sixth Army Group Commander.

Those who received Silver Stars are Corporal James M. Hagman, 375th Field Artillery Battalion, 813 Cameron Street, Eau Claire and Private First Class Marvin J. Samplawski, 399th Infantry, Stanley.

Corporal James M. Hagman, 813 Cameron Street, with the 100th Division of the Seventh Army in Germany, was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action against the enemy. Corporal Hagman, who is a member of the 375th Field Artillery Battalion, of the famous Century Division, was given his medal at a presentation ceremony in Germany.

Cpl. James Hagman Receives Silver Star, Unit Citation
Corporal James Hagman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Hagman, 813 Cameron Street, has been awarded the Silver Star and the Presidential Unit Citation for gallantry in action in the region of Bitche, France in December 1944. The Presidential Unit Citation, issued under command of Lieutenant General George S. Patch, at the headquarters of the Seventh Army, reads as follows:

"The Third Battalion of an Infantry regiment is cited for outstanding performance in combat during the period 17 to 21 December 1944 near Bitche, France. On 17 December 1944, the battalion was assigned the mission of breaching the formidable fortifications of the Maginot Line. The main line of enemy defense was Fort Freudenberg, a large fortification, and Fort Schiesseck, which had 11 adjacent units, each unit with a gun emplacement or a series of guns, ranging from three to ten feet thick and constructed of reinforced concrete. Some of the units had as many as five stories below ground level.

"With no terrain features for protection and only shell craters for cover, the battalion, taking advantage of a 45-minute barrage, moved into the attack. Under intense enemy fire, the battalion pressed the attack and captured Fort Freudenberg and two units of Fort Schiesseck."

At this point, enemy fire was increased, and action was delayed until the following morning, when the attack was continued.

"Fighting their way up the steep, barren slope of the difficult terrain, through heavy barbed wire entanglements, the assault detachments, despite harassing enemy fire, rapidly wrested the remaining units at Fort Schiesseck from the enemy. The fighting aggressiveness, courage, and devotion to duty displayed by members of the battalion was worthy of the highest emulation and reflect the finest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States."

With the award of the Silver Star came the following citation:

"When the Infantry battalion to which he was attached was attacking stubbornly-defended enemy fortresses of the Maginot Line, he displayed magnificent courage, skill, and aggressiveness in acting as forward observer.

"On one occasion, subjected to fierce enemy bombardment, the radio operator heroically climbed to the top of a fortress to successfully direct our fire on hostile targets. On another, an enemy patrol of 12 men was engaged and, aided by one of our machine gun sections, they succeeded in killing five and capturing the remainder.

"On a third occasion, when the enemy laid down a terrific barrage of artillery and mortar fire in counterattacking a hill occupied by our forces, they bravely ascended the hill to an exposed position forward of our advance under almost incessant enemy fire; remained steadfastly at their post, directing the fire of our artillery with accurate and destructive effect.

"The marked gallantry of this man is a tribute to the tradition of the American soldier."

Corporal Hagman entered the service to July 1943 and received training at Fort Bragg, NC; Camp Forrest, TN; and Myrtle Beach, GA. He went overseas on October 1, 1944.