Heroes of Texoma: Henrietta man serves 23 plus years after being drafted in 1954

Heroes of Texoma: Henrietta man serves 23 plus years after being drafted in 1954

HENRIETTA, TX (KAUZ) - This week's Hero of Texoma is a Henrietta man who was drafted in 1954 at 19 years old.

"I did my job, that's all I know and I always looked out for my troops," Vietnam veteran James Hager said.

Hager served two tours in Korea and Vietnam and one tour in Thailand. He also served in Germany during the Berlin Crisis.

"I had some close calls. Had one incoming rocket hit about four inches from me when I was in Vietnam," Hager said.

The father of four worked tirelessly to provide for his family. His son remembers him taking a second job while serving our country at a military base theater.

"I can remember him taking me into the theater and me sitting there in the office at the typewriter playing on (it)," David Hager said.

A hero is something James Hager has always been to his siblings.

"He was always my idol growing up. I was always so proud of him," youngest sister, Noretta Rhyne said.

That love has carried on for several generations.

"He was our protector. You know he always made us feel comfortable and spoiled us a lot," granddaughter, Denise Webb said.

His love for his country continued following his military retirement after 23 years. For another 24 years as the Post Commander at the VFW Bucky Boyd Post 5401.

"He's got the greatest moral character of any man I know and I'm just proud to be his son," David Hager said.

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Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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