William Sherman HAGA
HOUSE, 76th and 78th General Assemblies, 1949-51; 1953-55; representing Roane County; Republican. Born at Nashville, Davidison County, Feb. 23, 1923; son of William Sherman and Nancy (MILLIGAN) HAGA. Attended elementary and high schools at Rockwood, Roane County, graduating from high school, May, 1941; attended Tennessee Wesleyn College, Athens, McMinn County, 1946-47; Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 1947-48; College of Law, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knox County, 1948; through first quarter of 1952, receiving LL.B. degree. Married at Rockwood Dec. 17, 1944, to Marian Elizabeth COOPER, daughter of William R. and Reece (GEE) COOPER of Roane County; children--Bruce Gordon and Curtis Wade. In practice of law at Rockwood while in legislature; moved to Nashville, 1956, where he has since lived; executive secretary of Volunteer State Oil Marketers, 1957; Volunteer State Oil Committee since 1958; executive director of that Committee by 1967. In World War II, inducted at Fort Olgethorpe, Ga., Dec. 23, 1941, into U.S. Army Air Force; technical sgt., waist gunner on B-26; flew seventy-five combat missions in Europe in two tours of duty; awarded Distinguished Flying Cross; Air Medal with twelve Oak Leaf Clusters; Distinguished Unit Citation; ETO Ribbon; two Battle Stars; separated from active service at Camp Gordon, Ga., July 8, 1945; joined Tennessee National Guard in 1948; assigned to 278th Infantry Regt. combat team; graduated, 1949, from U.S. Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Ga. as 2nd lt.; called to active duty Sept. 1, 1950; sent to Korea with Co. M., 14th Inf., 25th Div.; commanded 75 m.m. platoon and machine gun bn. against North Koreans eastern fron on Heartbreak Ridge and Punch Bowl areas; assistant Bn. S-3, 3rd Bn., 14th Infantry, discharged 1st lt., July 1952; awarded Combat Infantry Badge; Korean Campaign Ribbon with two Battle Stars; member American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars. Member Christian Church; Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Address (1969), 819 Evansdale Drive, Nashville.
Sources: Information supplied by self, 1957, and by Tenn. War Records Bureau; Rockwood Times, Nov. 7, 1963; Tenn. Public Acts, 1949, 1953; Nashville City Directory, 1956-67, do., 1969.
From: Biographical Directory, Tennessee General Assembly, 1796-1969, Roane County; Tennessee State Library and Archives.