Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
February 25, 1946 at Fargo, ND
Entered Service in the US
Army from Fargo, ND
07, 1971 at the age of 25
The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism on August
07, 1971 in Vietnam
Hagen's small team came under a fierce assault by a superior-sized
enemy force while on a recon mission deep into enemy territory.
Lieutenant Hagen began returning small-arms fire upon the
attackers and successfully led this team in repelling the first
onslaught. He then deployed his men into more strategic defense
locations before the enemy struck again in an attempt to overrun
and annihilate the beleaguered team. He repeatedly exposed himself
to- the enemy fire as he moved about the perimeter, directing
fire, rallying the members, and re-supplying the team with
ammunition, while courageously returning small arms and hand
grenade fire. After observing an enemy rocket hit and destroy one
of the team's bunkers, he moved toward the wrecked bunker in
search for team members despite the fact that the enemy force now
controlled the bunker area. With total disregard for his own
personal safety, he crawled through the enemy fire while returning
small-arms fire upon the enemy force. Undaunted by the enemy
rockets and grenades impacting all around him, First Lieutenant
Hagen desperately advanced upon the destroyed bunker until he was
fatally wounded by enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire.