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Douglas Hopkins Haag

Jefferson County, Kentucky  Born 1919

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Service Number O-210107
Missing in Action - Presumed Dead
Died July 12, 1950 in Korea

First Lieutenant Haag was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He was listed as Missing in Action while fighting the enemy near Chochiwon, South Korea on July 12, 1950. He was presumed dead on March 8, 1954. For his leadership and valor, First Lieutenant Haag was awarded the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal.

Douglas Hopkins Haag
Photo submitted by Doug Haag's nephew, Whit Fisher

My uncle was reported missing, and later was classified as 'killed in action,' though no one in our family knew what happened to him.  In recent years, I was able to hear from Larry Powers (a friend of his at Camp Wood) that his body had been found in a mass grave shortly after his disappearance.  Another source told me he was severely wounded that day and it was assumed he had died shortly after.  We had never heard anything from the Government, and this information finally brought some relief  to his two siblings who had wondered for many years if he had been imprisoned.  Doug had a close friend named Grace Iijima, who had also been devastated by his disappearance - she too had been tormented by thoughts that he might have suffered a prolonged imprisonment.  We were able to reach her with the same information after more than 40 years without contact.  I hope it brought her some sense of completion.   She died a few years ago.

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