FULL NAME:

Joseph E. Gahagan

ARMY SERIAL NUMBER (ASN):

37536576

  • DATE OF BIRTH: May 29, 1925
  • DATE OF DEATH: Jun 23, 1984
RESIDENCE (DURING WWII)

Parsons, Labette County, Kansas

DATE / PLACE OF ENLISTMENT
  • DATE OF ENLISTMENT:
    Jul 28, 1943
  • PLACE OF ENLISTMENT:
    Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
ORGANIZATION
  • MAIN UNIT:
    38th Infantry Regiment
  • SUBUNIT:
    Company M, 3rd Battalion
RANK / POSITION IN UNIT (LAST KNOWN)
  • RANK:
    Corporal (Cpl.)
  • POSITION IN UNIT:
    Rifleman
BATTLES AND CAMPAIGNS

✭ Normandy Campaign (6 June – 24 July 1944), ✭ Northern France Campaign (25 July – 14 September 1944), ✭ Ardennes-Alsace Campaign (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945), ✭ Rhineland Campaign (15 September 1944 – 21 March 1945), ✭ Central Europe Campaign (22 March – 11 May 1945)

SUMMARY OF HIS SERVICE

Cpl. Joseph E. Gahagan joined the 2nd ID soon after D-Day and went through the five major campaigns that followed without fear and unwounded. During the Battle of the Bulge, he was found in a foxhole with three dead G.I.'s and one other still alive. They had been there 4 days and when discovered, he did not know his own name. He was hospitalized due to the combat fatigue. After extensive shock treatments at the VA, he worked as a baggage handler for TWA airlines. Never married.

HONORED BY:

Col. James Gahagan, USAF (deceased brother), Joseph B. Ramsey (Nephew) and John Casey Ramsey (Great Nephew)

NARA - Display Full Records

File Unit: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938 - 1946 (Enlistment Records)
in the Series: World War II Army Enlistment Records, created 6/1/2002 - 9/30/2002, documenting the period ca. 1938 - 1946. - Record Group 64 (info)

Brief Scope: This series contains records of approximately nine million men and women who enlisted in the United States Army, including the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps.

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