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Harold K. Hagen

Identifier: C MSS OH437

Scope and Contents

The interview provides information and personal observations about growing up in Minn. and Wyo.; graduated from Jackson High School in 1942; offered an opportunity to go to West Point, but turned it down and joined 10th Mtn. Division with 3 letters of recommendation; came to Camp Hale as a member of the 86th Regiment, "L" Company; discusses life at Camp Hale focusing on Ski and rock climbing instruction; brief discussion of Camp Swift; discusses trip across Atlantic carrying specialized equipment; tells various stories about time after arrival in Italy on patrol and being invited to a home and found out it was a fascist group; meeting up with some Brazilians and how they took their weapons; experience in a restaurant outside the Walled City; discusses living conditions in old abandoned houses; time clearing the mountains when Riva Ridge was not protected by the Germans so the Americans could climb into a strategic position; wounded on the mountain and when he sought aid at an AID station he was told they couldn't help since it was a 85th Regiment station; spent 9 months in hospitals first in Leghorn, then after trip back to the states in S.C. and then Vancouver; discharged after time in hospital and returned to Jackson, Wyo.; tells stories about his family; obtains PhD from University of Washington; tells of 50 year career at Colorado State University and the many interesting assignments he had supporting projects for several government agencies, the World Bank, the Peace Corps and others contributed significantly to the salmon industry in Chile; showed pictures of his family and the hospital ship; when visiting the 10th Mountain Memorial in Leadville he saw s\his name listed as KIA (killed-in-action).


  • 2011


Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Harold K. Hagen was born November 18, 1924 in Minn. He had completed four years of high school prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army on June 16, 1943 at Fort Francis E. Warren, near Cheyenne, Wyo. At the time of his enlistment, he was single, had completed four years of high school, and living in Albany County, Wyo. Hagen was assigned to the 86th Infantry Regiment, serving in Company L. He was stationed at Camp Hale, Colo.; Camp Swift, Tex. and served during the Italian Campaign. Hagen was wounded in action February 20, 1945 during the battle for Mount Gorgolesco. He died on January 29, 2014 in Fort Collings, Colo.


1 videodiscs (DVD)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift;Brad Hoopes;2007.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

Forms part of the 10th Mountain Division Resource Center Collection.

Finding Aid for the Harold K. Hagen,February 27, 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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