On October 4, 1946 it was unknown that the bouncing baby boy born to Charles Dean Hagel and Betty Hagel (Dunn) would fight in a war, work for a U.S. Representative and three U.S. Presidents, be an advocate for veterans, and become a U.S. Senator and Secretary of Defense. On this day, Charles Timothy Hagel was just a boy in North Platte, Nebraska surrounded by a family that loved him.
Learn about Chuck Hagel's roots in Nebraska, his family's commitment to serving their country, and Hagel's own service. Find images of his first campaign for U.S. Senate, his work in Washington, D.C., and his rise from U.S. Senator to Intelligence Advisory Board co-chairman and eventually Secretary of Defense under President Barack Obama. Finally, discover his life as son, brother, husband, father, and leader.
These photographs are a sample of the images in the Photographs Series of the U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel Archives. Browse our online database and visit Criss Library Archives & Special Collections to see more.
This exhibit was curated by Hagel Fellow Darby Reiners in 2015. Sources for the text include Hagel's Department of Defense website biography, Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward by Charlyne Berens, and America: Our Next Chapter by Chuck Hagel with Peter Kaminsky.