|Lt. Richard Nevin Hoag
December 22, 1916–June 6, 1944
|Memorial Service Held Monday
Lt. Hoag Honored By Large Gathering
Memorial services were held Monday evening at 8 o'clock at the Presbyterian church for the late Lt. Richard Nevin Hoag, who was killed D-day, June 6, in the invasion of France. The services were in charge of Dr. William J. Grossheim, pastor.
Mrs. Earl DeShaw played a prelude on the organ, which was followed by the invocation and the singing of "Onward Christian Soldiers," a favorite hymn of Lt. Hoag's. Dr. Grossheim read the scripture, which was followed by a duet, "In The Garden" sung by Anne and Shirley Skelley.
Dr. Grossheim offered a prayer and then delivered the memorial sermon. Thereafter, the ritualistic service of the American Legion was presented by E. D. Vernon, past commander of the Arthur P. O'Rourke post of the American Legion of Monticello. The flag was presented by Oliver Harford, commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post, and flowers were presented by the Women's Fellowship of the Presbyterian church. The service closed with the singing of the hymn, "America" and the benediction.
Richard Nevin Hoag, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis E. Hoag of Chicago, was born December 22, 1916. He attended the Monticello public schools and thereafter graduated from St. John's Military Academy at Delafield, Wis. He spent two years at the University of Iowa and later took a business course in Cedar Rapids and Chicago. Before entering the service, he was associated with his father in business.
He entered the army March 21, 1942, as a second lieutenant, having been a member of the reserve corps. His initial service was in the infantry, but, at his request, he was transferred to the air corps, where he qualified as a glider pilot. He was a member of the troop carrier squadron. Each glider carries 15 to 17 men. It was in that capacity that Lt. Hoag went to France June 6, 1944, and was killed in action.
He is survived by his parents and sister, Kathleen, besides other relatives and friends.
Lt. Hoag was a member of the Presbyterian church of Monticello where he kept his membership, even after his removal from the town. His was the fourth gold star to be added to the church's service flag. The other men are Donald Stott, Charles Bender, and Rollo Harford.
Submitted by: Sharon Oltmanns
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