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Private Malcom Murphy Stagg
U.S. Marine Corps
Ser. # 305,176

April 29, 1892 – September 13, 1918
St. Mihiel American Cemetery
Thiaucort, France

He sleeps far away from his family in the gentle lands of France.
-- St. Mihiel American Cemetery


Gold Star Mother
Ola Melissa [Burleigh] Stagg

Private Malcom Stagg [April 29, 1892 - September 13, 1918] was born to Robert Fulton Stagg [November 8, 1858 - August 10, 1932] and Ola Melissa [Burleigh] Stagg [October 5, 1864 - August 10, 1932] in Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana.  He was Killed in Action in France during WWI. He was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps* assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Regiment, 2nd U.S. Division.**  His unit participated in the following battles: Aisne, Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, Toulon-Troyon, Chate-Thiery, Marabache, Limey, Belleau Wood, Soisson and Champagne (not necessarily in order.)  In recognition of the “Brilliant courage, vigor, spirit, and tenacity of the Marines,” the French Government awarded the citation of the Croix de Guerre with Palms.  Later, for the heroic action in Soisson and Champagne Sectors, the Marines were twice cited for their valor in battle.  As a result of these actions, the Sixth Marine Regiment was awarded the [French] Fourragere.  After the signing of the Armistice the Sixth Marines served as part of the Occupational Forces in Germany.  He is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucort, France.  Besides his parents, he was survived by seven brothers and four sisters.  At the time of his enlistment he was living with his brother Louis in Palacios, Matagorda County, Texas, and was attending school.  At the time of his death his parents were living in Eunice, Louisiana.  His parents are buried at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church Cemetery, Richard, Acadia Parish, Louisiana..



*The U.S. Marine Corps was an all-volunteer service in WWI.  The Marines who served in France on the Western Front earned the nickname Teufel Hunde, or “devil dogs,” from the Germans because of their ferocious fighting in the trenches.  One German prisoner complained the Marines were animals, they killed anything that moved.  The term "Devil Dog" is still used with great pride in the Marine Corps today.


**Newly acquired information concerning Private Stagg from Marine Corps records reveals: "13 [September 1918] Killed In Action against the enemy near Thiacourt, France.  His death was in the line of duty.  He was buried on the South side of the Thiacourt-Regnieville road, approximately 5 kilometers from Thiacourt. Character would have been "Excellent" had he been discharged." Apparently graves registration personnel could not locate his grave, as his name is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at Thiacourt.

Known List of Matagorda Boys Who Died in Service.

The following names of the soldiers who died while in the service of the U. S. A., are all that has been reported. If any one knows of others, and the cause of their death, if possible, please inform Mrs. Wm. Cash, Bay City, Texas:

Palacios--M. M. Stagg, killed in battle.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 5, 1919


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