Raymond Charles Tagge
October 5, 1923 – November 28, 2018
Raymond C. Tagge October 5, 1923 - November 28, 2018
Raymond C. Tagge, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (Ret) was born on October 5, 1923 in Elk Grove, Arlington Heights, Illinois. He entered the Army Aviation Cadet Program on July 5, 1943. After completing primary and basic flying schools he graduated from Moore Field, an advanced flying school near Mission,Texas in February, 1945 where he received his pilot's wings and Officer’s Commission. He served in WWII, the Korean War, and the Viet Nam War, during which he flew more than 427 combat missions. His final USAF assignment was with the Corona Harvest Team of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, writing the Air Force History of the Viet Nam War. Among his many awards are four Distinguished Flying Crosses, fifteen Air Medals, and both the Korean and Viet Nam Meritorious Medals.
After retirement from the United States Air Force in 1970, he received a Master of Arts Degree in History/International Law and Political Science, and joined The National Archives of the United States as an Archivist. Colonel Tagge was lead appraiser to determine the permanent archival value of records created by intelligence agencies of the Federal Government. He is survived by his beloved wife Daisy Liang of 51 years, a daughter, Anne Katherine, and son Peter Russell; daughter-in-law Camelia and four grandchildren: Kate, Annie, Nicholas, and David Raymond. Colonel Tagge will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery ---- with full military honors.
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Raymond Charles Tagge
December 7, 2018
My deepest sympathy to the Tagge family on your loss.
I had the pleasure of knowing Ray for about 41 years. I first met him in the late summer of 1977, when we were both with the National Archives’ records disposition division. We started off as colleagues but soon became good friends.
Ray was a fine person of whom I will always have good and happy memories. Talking to Ray about politics or other matters of the day was always a pleasure. We were both on the same “wave length.” He was also outgoing and friendly to all and easy to work with.
Ray’s military service greatly impressed me. He was truly an American patriot—a man who loved his country and served it faithfully and bravely.
In sum, Ray was a good and honorable man: a person you respected and were proud to know.
I am very sad to see him go. I shall miss him. I hope he is now, having crossed over, resting under the shade of the trees.