My Uncle Charles: Now I Know You Better

Charles C. Hagenbuch and Gail 1951 Detail
Detail of a photo of Charles C. Hagenbuch with his daughter, Gail, in 1951.

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7 Responses

  1. Gerald Shuler says:

    Very interesting article. Enjoyed learning more about Uncle Charles.


  2. Joseph J Robb says:

    Thanks for this article Mark! This article has filled in many of the missing parts in the life of Uncle Charles.
    Cousin Joe,

  3. Dave+Hagenbuch says:

    Thanks Mark and Andrew .. This info is very interesting, and being an ex Navy guy it brings up a lot more questions. Such as .. did Uncle Charles cross the equator at any time? Did he circumnavigate the world? If so .. Uncle Charles and I are both in an “exclusive club” .. makes me feel a lot closer to him than I ever imagined!! Thanks again.

  4. Gary L Hagenbuch says:

    Thank you Mark and Andrew for all that you have done over the last several years to promote Hagenbuch Family History. Certainly appreciate you “tackling” a small box of papers and trying to make sense of the contents from that time period. To Cousin Dave: Yes, my Dad did indeed cross the equator and did have some pictures to prove that. The “usual” U.S. Navy ritual ensued. And, Dave he did circumnavigate around the globe! You two are in an exclusive club!! Two months after the bombing of Hiroshima many of the men of the USS Vulcan were given tours around the site of the city aboard buses brought in from nearby. You can imagine the impact that that horror had on him and his fellow sailors. He never talked about that very much, but when he did we listened. He received word while in Kobe, Japan that he was eligible to be mustered out of the US Navy. He had just turned 30 and he was married. He had enough service time and the other previously mentioned criteria to head home. But since he lived East of the Mississippi River (the dividing line for going home) he had to travel through the Panama Canal to get home. Anyone West of the Mississippi would be transported by train.

    The possible “$1.00 bill” as a gift mentioned for August of 1932 was probably for his graduation from junior high school (grades 7, 8, 9, and 10) on June 4, 1932. Two years later, in 1934, he graduated from Milton High School. His framed Junior High School Diploma hangs on my living room wall.

    Mark: Much more to follow–in time. Gail and I appreciate some of the light you have shed on Dad’s formative years in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Interesting that he made his way to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He came from Central Pennsylvania and settled in Central Massachusetts. He was our commonwealth. He was a wonderful Dad. We miss him dearly. He loved his family, knowledge, and sharing stories from his younger days growing up on the farm. And of course he loved books and reading. And in regard to all his books: His favorite book mark was a beautiful quote from Thomas Jefferson— ‘I cannot live without books.’

    • Mark Hagenbuch says:

      THANKS Gary. I hope everyone reads this as a postscript to what I have written about your father in the articles. I would enjoy talking to you….call me.

  5. Dave+Hagenbuch says:

    Thanks Gary .. as I said .. I never imagined that I had an Uncle that shared in my “Navy experiences”!!! I am assuming that he was also in the Mediterranean returning back across the Atlantic to Norfolk, as I did on my first carrier. Such a small world .. but of course both your Dad and I know how big it actually is!!!! Thanks again!!

  6. Bob Hagenbuch Sr says:

    Thanks Gary! I can’t wait to hear more from you about your father. I never really knew much about him except what my Dad told me. Dad really loved him and looked up to him. I do remember the few times we came to visit you all in Massachusetts.
    Would love to hear from you when you have time!

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