PRIVATE MICHAEL J. HANAGHUE JR. was born on May 19, 1894 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Michael Hanaghue and his wife, the former Ellen Coyne. His father was a blacksmith. The 1910 Census shows the Hanaghue family living in Philadelphia. Besides Michael the family included older siblings Anthony and Mary, and younger siblings James, Helena, and Anna Hanaghue.
Michael Hanaghue was inducted into the United States Army in Philadelphia on June 1, 1918. After training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina he was sent overseas as a replacement, and assigned to the 315th Trench Mortar Battery, 90th Infantry Division on September 24, 1918 after the battle of St. Mihiel.
Private Hanaghue survived the fighting, and served with the 90th Infantry Division in Germany after the war's end. He returned to the United States on March 12, 1919 and was sent to Camp Merrit, New Jersey. Sadly, he fell victim to the Spanish flu pandemic that took he lives of millions during the 1918 and 1919. He died at Camp Merritt of influenza and bronchial pneumonia on March 26, 1919.
The Hanaghue family remained in Cramer Hill for many years thereafter.
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