Flag ceremony honors John Hoagland

Robert M. Shoemaker High School

KILLEEN, Texas - Before school started Tuesday morning, students at Shoemaker High School witnessed a special flag-raising ceremony.

"Anytime you lose a service member no matter which service they are part of and they are part of a community its a great loss, and this one is a great loss not only for the community but for this high school," said Colonel Tom Clady, Senior Army Instructor at Shoemaker High School.

20-year-old John Henry Hoagland III was an Electronic Technician in the U.S. Navy.

"John, just like every soldier that joins the military, the ultimate sacrifice that they give, John gave for his country," said Cleveland Zeigler Jr., Army Instructor JROTC.

He was one of ten sailors killed last month while serving aboard the USS John McCain, when it collided with an oil tanker near Singapore.

"They said it was a student from Killeen and then finally shoemaker, it was rough," said Zeigler.

Tuesday morning the Junior ROTC Battalion raised a flag -- provided by the U.S. Navy -- in honor of Hoagland.

 

 

"He graduated here in 2015 and he was in the Junior ROTC program and he was a very active member of this school," said Clady.

It's the first time such an honor has been made at the High School.

"We have had other cadets that have passed, John is the first one that was actually on active duty," said Zeigler.

"John embodied the spirit of what we want all good students to do. John actually made good grades, he was an athlete in the fact that he participated in sports and he was a leader in Junior ROTC, so what I call the scholar athlete leader," said Clady.

Hoagland's funeral will be held on Thursday, September 14th at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.

 

 


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