Pvt. Albert Hage, U.S. Army, World War I

From a New Orleans newspaper clipping - 1918: "In the casualty list of July 8 appears the name of Private Albert Hage, Franklin, La., killed in action. Young Hage was a native of Shwarer, in the province of Lebanon. In common with many of his expatriated countrymen, he had a passionate devotion to his adopted country, America. At the beginning of the war, although only 18 years of age, he was robust looking and easly passed for 21. He volunteered for service and enlisted at Jackson Barracks a little over a year ago. His detachment, Co. A, Infantry was one of the first of the American Expeditionary to reach France under General Pershing."

Pvt. Hage was the first man from Franklin, La., to enlist in World War I. He was also the first man from Franklin to be killed in action, on June 15, 1918.

Tribute by Abraham Abdalla Jr., nephew.
Cpl. U.S. Marine Corps, 1946