#VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Manuel Sagen


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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Manuel Sagen. Manuel served during the Korean War.

Manuel enlisted in the Army as a medic in 1949 because he wanted to see more of the world. He was in the 17th Infantry Division and obtained the rank of sergeant. He fought all over Korea, until the Chinese entered the war and his platoon had to retreat because there was only five men left in it. As a medic he treated many of his soldiers’ wounds. At one point, his company commander got hit in the back with a piece of shrapnel, and Manuel was able to save his life. Manuel also enjoyed some down time when Dinah Shore and Bob Hope came to entertain the soldiers in Korea.

Manuel was awarded the Purple Heart after he was wounded three times. The wounds were caused by shrapnel to the head, eye, and knee. After the war he joined the National Guard and worked as a clerk for Roadway Express. Manuel passed away in 2008.

We honor his service.


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Veterans History Project

This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.


Graphic by Nicole Maiterth. Nicole Maiterth is currently studying Development Studies with a specialization in Political Science at the University of Oslo.

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Savannah Labbe

Savannah Labbe is a senior at Gettysburg College studying history and religious studies. She is originally from Belgrade, Maine and is currently a writing intern at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.