Hagerman kept an informal log while serving on several ships from 1941 to 1947. Composed of index cards, it maintains a running total of the number of days spent at sea, in port, on liberty, and on leave, and the number of miles traveled for approximately every quarter of the year. On the back of each card are brief but vivid descriptions of activities and events that occurred during the period. Notations reflect convoy duty and antisubmarine operations while stationed on the USS
LEA in the Atlantic during WorldWar II. For later in the war, while on board the USS
WADSWORTH in the Pacific, commentaries concern participation in activities related to the invasion of Guam, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. There are also descriptions of repelling Japanese dive bombers and kamikaze attacks. After World War II the entries concern normal naval exercises and ship operations.
The majority of the collection consists of orders, documents, and correspondence relating to Hagerman's entire thirty-year career (1941-1970). His involvement during the Cuban Missile Crisis, while commanding the USS
HYADES, is described in correspondence with naval officials and comments on his role in the evacuation of military dependents from Guantanamo Bay to Norfolk, Virginia. Korean correspondence concerns political and public relation matters, particularly the ratification of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) by the Republic of Korea Assembly.
Most of the personal correspondence was generated during his Korean tour and much of it concerns personal business back in the United States, moving his family to Korea, military family life in Korea, and local social affairs. In addition, there is correspondence with the publisher and a Korean illustrator concerning an article written by Hagerman entitled "Loyal Valorous Lord Yi," published in the U.S. Naval Institute
Proceedings (December 1967).
Official citations reveal some of the many honors Hagerman received during his career, including heroism during World War II, as well as certificates of completion and letters of appreciation.
For related material see Oral History Interview, O.H. 112.