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Raymond Fagen 2
Age in 1930: 12 2
Estimated Birth Year: 1918 2
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Granite Falls, MN 1
Place: CHIPPEWA County, Minnesota 2
From: 1930 2
Enumeration District: STONEHAM TWP 2

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Ray Fagen D-Day 4th Infantry Division "IVY"


4th Army Infantry Division/ Left)  Ray Fagen with friend Bud Messerli.

WWII - D-Day on Normandy Beach, 6 June, 1944.  Private Ray Fagan was there!  UTAH BEACH

 In 1943 Ray joined the Army and was shipped to England on January 26, 1944 as a member of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, known as the Ivy Division, spending four months of training at Slapton Sands near Devon practicing amphibious techniques and rehearsing for D-Day. He participated in the June 6, 1944 D-Day Normandy Invasion landing on Utah Beach in Manche, France. During the last week of August of 1944 Ray participated in the Liberation of Paris. In early November of 1944 the 4th moved into the Huertgen Forest, and then moved through the Ardenns into Bastogne, Belgium where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Ray was injured in Belgium and received the PURPLE HEART. 

The 4th Infantry Division ("Ivy Division") is a modular division of the United States Army based at Fort Carson, Colorado. It is composed of four organic infantry and heavy brigade combat teams. It is one of the most technically advanced and tactically proficient divisions in the United States Army.

The 4th Infantry Division's official nickname, "Ivy", is a play on words of the Roman numeral IV or 4. Ivy leaves also symbolize tenacity and fidelity which is the basis of the division's motto: "Steadfast and Loyal". The second nickname, "Iron Horse", has been recently adopted to indicate the speed and power of the division and its soldiers.  "STEADFAST and LOYAL"

THE  4th Infantry Division claimed being the first surface-borne Allied unit to hit the beaches at Normandy on D-day, 6 June 1944.

Raymond Alva Fagen (1918-2010)

Granite Falls, MN

Ray's LIFE;  Pictures and stories from Ray;s proud and loving family (ALL of them! :)

      Raymond Alva Fagen was born on June 17, 1918 in Sacred Heart, the son of Frank and Nelsie (Johnson) Fagen. He was baptized in Maynard in 1918 and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in 1935. He enjoyed rural life with his parents and his brother Holmes. Always surrounded by friends, he enjoyed participating in basketball and football. Ray graduated from high school in Maynard with the class of 1939.

     Ray married Edna Mae Burns (also of Granite Falls) Marriage Ceremony was performed by the Reverand Erickson on the Maynard Luthern Church.

In 1943 Ray joined the Army and served in the 4th Infantry Division, arriving in the 1st landing crafts on D-DAY, 6 June, 1944.

After returning from WWII, Ray purchased his father’s livestock trucking business, Fagen Trucking, and settled back into life with his wife in Maynard. Daughter Sharon and son Ron were born. Ray was an active member of Maynard Lutheran Church, Maynard American Legion, Lion’s Club, a local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) chapter, and Pilot’s Club.

      Ray passed from this life on 5 March, 2010 and is deeply missed by his family..

     He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.  He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Being a member of the "Pilot's Club",  Ray enjoyed introducing aviation to people by giving airplane rides wherever he went. Ray was thrilled to witness all four grandchildren in solo flight.
  Ray enjoyed introducing aviation to people by giving airplane rides wherever he went. Ray was thrilled to witness all four grandchildren in solo flight.

Ray's Family;  Surviving family include his wife Edna of Granite Falls, his children Sharon Ron) Howard of Prior Lake, and Ron (Diane) Fagen of Granite Falls. Grandchildren are Timothy (Angela) Howard of Shakopee, Aaron (Traci) Fagen of Granite Falls, Evan (Melissa) Fagen of Granite Falls, and Christopher (Kasandra) Howard of Granite Falls. Great grandchildren are Ethan and Lauren Fagen, Jake and Brody Howard and Connor, Addison and Gunnar Fagen. Two surviving brothers-in-law, Earl (Shirley) Burns of Mobridge, South Dakota and George Burns of Morristown, South Dakota.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents and his brother.

PLEASE SEE Ray's Family's DREAM... the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum, LINK to the left under the MAP!  Now this is one Patriotic Family :)

Barbi Ennis Connolly  WWII HIstorical Researcher.

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