Inside JCPRD: Unearthing History – Frank L. Hagaman’s WWI Identification Disc

Frank Leslie Hagaman (1894-1966) behind the Kansas Governor’s desk, 1951. Note the pipe. (Source: Johnson County Museum, JoCoHistory.org)

By the Johnson County Museum

The name Frank L. Hagaman might be familiar to some in Johnson County. Recently, his World War I identification disc (not called “dog tags” until WWII) was donated to the Johnson County Museum. Sometimes the story of how an object comes to the museum is more interesting than the object itself. In Hagaman’s case, his life story and the story of finding his ID disc are equally fascinating. Just in time for Veterans Day, here is Hagaman’s story.