U.S. Army 1942–1945
Paul Hasgill grew up in Natick and worked several part-time jobs before the war, including caddying at Sandy Burr Country Club in Wayland. Drafted in late 1942, he trained to be a radio operator and was attached to the Signal Corps. Trained in Boston, he was stationed at Atlantic City and Newport News until he shipped out to North Africa and Italy. The closest he came to the enemy is when the Germans would jam the signals while he was transmitting and this resulted in permanent hearing loss. In 1945 he shipped out en route to the Pacific but his transport was stopped at the Panama Canal when the war was over. Discharged in 1945 with the rank of corporal, he was anxious to return home, but considered it an honor to have helped end the war.