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Honor Mission
George E. Naegle, KIA
La Crosse, Wisconsin – 05-18-19


Seaman 1st Class George E. Naegle died during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, while serving aboard the USS Oklahoma. George was born in La Crosse on September 29, 1919, to George W. and Anna Naegle. He was a 1938 graduate of La Crosse Central High School, where he excelled on the football team. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1939. On Dec. 7, 1941, Naegle was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Naegle.From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries. In April 2015, the Deputy Secretary of Defense issued a policy memorandum directing the disinterment of unknowns associated with the USS Oklahoma. On June 15, 2015, DPAA personnel began exhuming the remains from the Punchbowl for analysis. Seaman Naegle is finally coming home.

Staging Time: 8:00 am

Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman
530 Main St.
La Crosse, Wisconsin

Ride Captain:

Due to short notice, this is posted with no Ride Captain assigned. Anyone attending please contact State Captain John Curran at

Special Instructions:

Staging 8:00 a.m.
Visitation 9:00 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.
Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m.
Entombment and military honors will follow the Mass at St. Joseph Mausoleum in the Catholic Cemetery.
Flags & Water:
Flags will not be provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: John Curran
Position: Wisconsin State Captain

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May 18, 2019
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George E. Naegle Comment

  1. Seaman 1st Class George E. Naegle is home at last. S1C Naegle was on the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor and we are slowly bringing our men home. As if he died yesterday, the Honor Guard was here from Great Lakes, many faces we’ve seen over the years as they have 19 to 29 years each. Spotless, precise, with the Decorum fit for one who deserves such honor. He was escorted from Hawaii to Wisconsin by and Admiral who works in the identification group.

    She told me “I can see the facility from my deck every morning and it reminds me how much more we have to do. I knew I had to bring this one home.”

    Seaman 1st Class George E. Naegle is home at last.

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