Pfc Jack Hargett ASN 34868637
Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Hargett
Jack was borned April 7, 1924, at Marshville, North Carolina. He was reported killed in action March 9, 1945, near Bruckhausen, Germany. He was entered in Henri Chapelle Military Cemetery No. 1, Belgium, one of the larger cemeteries of the continent at that time. There were 17,235 American Soldiers burried in this cemetery.
His body was exhumed and sent to the home of his parents at Marshville, arriving May 14, 1948, with Rev. H. N. Watson, Rev. W. K. Knight, and Chaplain Gower Croswell officiating. The Floyd Staton Post of the American Legion gave honors at the grave side.
Jack was one of those boys who never met a stranger, who was generous and free hearted, and as full of life as any young adventuresome boy. He received his education at Marshville High School, and until his induction into the service, was assisting his parents at home.. He attended Bethel Baptist Church.
A short time before entering service he was married to Miss Ellon Williams, of Wingate.
He had two brothers: J.P.Jr., and Bill; two sisters: Jerry and Dianne.
Jack was inducted into the armed forces in July, 1944, at the age of nineteen, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. His basic training (five months) was completed at Fort McCellan, Ala. With about fifteen days furlough, he was sent overseas to serve in the ETO. He was known in his company as "Happy Jack."
Jack served in France and Germany almost 2 1/2 months, until March 9, 1945, when he was reported killed in action, during the crossing of the Rhine River. Cause of death----Shrapnel wounds in the chest.
At the time of his death, Jack was up for promotion. His commanding officer stated that he was a natural leader.
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