Harry Howe Bagley was born in Fairview, New Jersey, on
December 20, 1905, son of Lewis Clarence and Sadie Howe Bagley. He attended Cooper Union and Columbia
University, in New York, and George Washington University, Washington, DC, and
holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Civil
Commissioned Lieutenant (junior grade) in the US Naval
Reserve on February 9, 1937, he reported for active duty on June 19, 1939. Through subsequent advancement and his
transfer from the Civil Engineer Corps of the Naval Reserve to that of the US
Navy, he attained the rank of Captain, CEC, USN, to date from July 1, 1951.
Called to active duty in June 1939, he reported to the Navy
Department, Washington, DC, for duty as Assistant to the Design Manager in the
Bureau of Yards and Docks, and later served as Head of the Development
Division. While assigned to that Bureau
prior to the outbreak of World War II in December 1941, he participated in the
planning of Hepburn and Greenslade Board Bases and Pacific Air Bases, and
continued duty there until May 1943.
Remaining in the Navy Department throughout the latter war period, he
served as Assistant Logistics Planner for BuDocks support in the Office of the
Chief of Naval Operations. As such he
assisted in planning for the support of all major offensives in the Pacific,
and in Normandy and Southern France.
Detached in July 1946, he reported to the Commander
Marianas, for duty as Design Officer, Base Development, and in January 1948
returned to the States for two years’ duty as Assistant Public Works Officer
for the Severn River Naval Command and the Naval Academy, Annapolis,
Maryland. From January 1950 until
February 1952, he was Officer-in-Charge of Construction for the American Battle
Monuments Commission in Rome, Italy, in charge of construction of memorials and
cemeteries at Anzio and Florence, Italy.
He next had duty at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard, reporting in April
1952 as Public Works Officer, with additional duty as Resident Officer in
Charge of Construction of BuDocks projects, including among others the
$8,000,000 Radiological Defense Laboratory.
Under orders of February 23, 1954, he later had instruction
at the National War College, Washington, DC, and after graduation in June 1955
reported to the Joint Staff, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also located
in Washington. He remained on duty there
until May 1958 when he was ordered to the Staff of the Supreme Allied
Commander, Europe, his currently duty.
Captain Bagley has the Naval Reserve Medal (for ten years’
service in the US naval Reserve) ; the American Defense Service Medal; American
Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; and National Defense Service Medal.
He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers
and of the Society of American Military Engineers. He is also a member of the Armed Forces