James Collins Bagg – Colonel, United States Army

James Collins Bagg, 90, a retired Army Colonel whose careers in the military and federal civil service totaled more than 60 years, died December 1, 2005, at Fairfax Nursing Center. He had prostate cancer.

The Alexandria resident was a veteran of World War II. He served about 31 years in the Army, followed by more than 31 years at the Pentagon as a civilian supply logistician for the Air Force.

At his retirement in 1972, he was awarded the Air Force Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award.

Colonel Bagg, the son of a Coast Guard officer, was born at Fort Moultrie, South Carolina, and raised on various military bases.

He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1938 and received a master's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan in 1951.

He joined the Army in 1940 and, the next year, was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps. He served with the European theater logistics staff during World War II.

While assigned to the Headquarters Communications Zone, he helped provide logistical support for the invasion of North Africa in 1942 and the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944. He participated in four European campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge.

Later military assignments took him to Washington, where he served in the Office of the Quartermaster General and on the Army general staff.

As a civil servant, he worked first for the Air National Guard and then the supply directorate at Air Force headquarters.

His military decorations include three Army Commendation Medals, two Bronze Stars and the Legion of Merit.

He was a member of the George Washington chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Delta Sigma Phi social fraternity and the Pershing Rifles, Sabbard and Blade and Cavalry Club military fraternities.

His marriages to Naomi Saunders and Neva Roberson ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Margot Bagg of Alexandria; a son from his first marriage, Frederick Charles Bagg of Indianapolis; and two granddaughters.

Colonel Bagg was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery on 15 January 2006.

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