HAYNES WEBSTER DUGAN
Born March 23, 1913
Died February 6, 2007
Haynes W. Dugan, age 93, writer, soldier, petroleum landman and an historian, was born March 23, 1913 in Sherman, TX, died on February 6, 2007, in Shreveport, LA. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Haynes Dugan, the descendant of two pioneer families, the Dugan's and the Webster's of East Texas. Mr. Dugan was predeceased by his parents and his wife of 58 years, Helen White Dugan. He is survived by his four children: Patricia Dugan Hoffman, Rev. Haynes W. Dugan, Mary Helen Dugan Graham and Haywood R. Dugan along with their spouses; four grandchildren: Mark Hoffman, Jennifer Hoffman Holladay, William R Dugan and Rebecca Dugan Fontaine; and seven great-grandchildren.
Mr. Dugan graduated from Texas A & M in 1934 and received his Masters Degree from Columbia University's School of Journalism in 1936. He was commissioned a Lieutenant following his graduation from Texas A & M and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. (20 years reserve and 5 years active duty). Mr. Dugan was employed as a literary agent, syndicate salesman and Shreveport Times newspaper reporter prior to WWII. Following the war, Mr. Dugan was employed by Texaco for 28 years and retired at the age of 60.
In addition to army service as a general staff officer, Mr. Dugan was at one time or another, public relations officer to George S. Patton, Alvan C. Gillem, Walton H. Walker, LeRoy H. Watson, Maurice Rose and Doyle 0. Hickey, all general officers. He received the Bronze Star with clusters along with other medals for one on active duty before Pearl Harbor to VJ Day, as well as a Presidential Citation and Medal from the Mayor of Mons, Belgium. He was Historian for the 3rd Armored Division and instrumental in developing the Archives of the 3rd. Armored Division at the University of Illinois. He continued to contribute data to the international historians, particularly on the subject of WWII.
Mr. Dugan was the author of several books: Sign Here, Please, - The Story of an (Almost) Barefoot Petroleum Landman (recounts of his experiences buying oil leases); On My Way to the Cemetery: The Great Class of 1934 (a history of Texas A&M during the depression) and co author for Spearhead in the West. Mr. Dugan was also active in the revision of the history of the 3rd Armored Division. His most recent endeavor was The Red River Book.
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