In Honored Glory!
World War II Honor Roll

Paul J. Hagemann

Seaman, First Class, U.S. Navy


Naval Armed Guard,
SS Santa Maria

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: June 20, 1943
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery
Carthage, Tunisia
Awards: Purple Heart

Merchant Fleet

SS Santa Maria

SS Santa Maria on right side of photo

SEAMAN FIRST CLASS PAUL JACKSON HAGEMANN was born in August of 1921 to Albert C. and Elsie Hagemann Jr., of 3015 River Avenue, Camden NJ. His father and his grandfather worked in the wholesale fish and oyster trade. His grandfather, Albert C. Hagemann Sr., had been a principal in an oyster business as far back as 1890 in Philadelphia, before coming to New Jersey to settle in Merchantville. Paul Jackson Hagemann, known to friends and family as Jack, was the third of 6 children, coming after George W. and Albert C. III, and before Elsie A., Ernest C., and Fred W. Hagemann. The Hagemann family had moved to Delaware Township (now Cherry Hill) NJ by 1930. His parents had parted ways prior to World War II, and Elsie Hagemann her son Paul, and the younger children had moved back to 3001 River Avenue, where Elsie Hagemann operated a coal business, with assistance from her sons. 

After working for the RCA-Victor Corporation in Camden, Paul Jackson Hagemann enlisted in the Navy in January of 1942. He served as a member of the naval Armed Guard that manned the guns on merchant shipping in the North Atlantic. During his time in service, he made trips across the North Atlantic to the British Isles, to North Africa, and the dangerous Murmansk run past Nazi occupied Norway to Murmansk, Russia.

Seaman First Class Paul Jackson Hagemann was declared missing in action on June 20, 1943. He was serving aboard the freighter SS Santa Maria. on June 20, 1943. At 0816 GCT on June 20, 1943, while enroute from Dakar in French West Africa with a cargo of sisal hemp, the SS Santa Maria struck a mine. Paul Hagemann was one of two Armed Guards stationed on the bow when the ship hit the mine and both were blown overboard. One was rescued but Seaman First Class Hagemann was lost. He is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia. 

Paul Jackson Hagemann was survived by his father, Albert C. Hagemann Jr., of Merchantville NJ, his mother Elsie Hagemann, of 3001 River Avenue, Camden NJ, and his sister and brothers. 

Camden Courier-Post
July 2, 1943


June 19, 1944