Ide Eager HAIRSTON ID#1118, b. 1 January 1906, d. 6 July 1944
Father*George Clifford HAIRSTON1 b. 31 Jan 1874, d. 11 Feb 1955
Mother*Annie Lee MOSELY b. 19 Jan 1877, d. 16 Sep 1967
Birth*Ide Eager HAIRSTON was born on 1 January 1906 in Chicora, Wayne County, Mississippi.2,1 
He was the son of George Clifford HAIRSTON and Annie Lee MOSELY.1 
Census 1910Ide Eager HAIRSTON appeared on the 1910 census of George Clifford HAIRSTON on 28 April 1910 in Wayne County, Mississippi; George C. 36, Anna Lee 33, George C. Jr. 10, Elizabeth 8, Henry G 6, Ide Eager 4, Anna May 2.3

Employment*"Ide Eger Hairston of Miami, Fla., has returned to Brooksville and is employed as clerk at the Noxubee Mercantile Co."
Macon Beacon, Friday, June 9, 1933. 
Military*Ide Eager HAIRSTON began military service on 4 June 1942. He was a farmer from Noxubee County and enlisted at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. His Army serial number was 34278590.2 
Death*Private Hairston was with 314th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division of the US Army. The 79th landed at Utah Beach, Normandy, France on June 12-14 and entered combat on June 19th during the D-Day Invasion of WWII. Private Ide Eager Hairston was killed on 6 July 1944 and awarded the Purple Heart.

"A Tribute from Macon, Mississippi:

Ide Eager Hairston Killed in Normandy

The many friends of Pvt. Eager Hairston were shocked to hear of his death which occured on the battlefront of Normandy, July 4, 1944. He was the first Noxubee county man to fall in battle in this area. The message announcing the sad news was received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Hairston of Gulf Hammock, Florida, and relayed to relatives in Brooksville, Monday of this week, July 1944.
Private Hairston, a member of the Infantry, had been in France one month, having gone with the first of our forces. He was inducted at Camp Shelby June 1942, and received training at Camp Pickett, Va., and Camp Blanding, Florida, and spent some time on maneuvers in Tenn., and the desert of Arizona. He was stationed at Camp Phillips, Kansas, before sailing overseas for duty in March of this year— 1944. Soon after landing in England, Pvt. Hairston contracted pneumonia and was forced to spend six weeks in a Hospital there. Private Hairston, one of the most popular men in the country, came to Brooksville to begin his business career in Sept. 1929, soon after attending Texas A. & M. College. He was a cotton buyer and merchant, and having a friendly disposition soon became established in the business and social life of the town and surrounding territory. When the time came for him to go into service, he sold his business and took up his part of the fight, like the man he was.

He is survived by his parents, two brothers, G. C. Hairston, Jr., of Mobile, Ala., and Henry Gray Hairston of Yazoo City, Miss. He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Oscar Hummel of Miami, Florida, and Mrs. George W. Bragg of Gulf Hammock, Florida, and a number of nieces and nephews. Other relatives are: Mrs. L. G. Bridgeforth, F. H. Hairston and J. E. Hairston of Brooksville, G. E. Hairston and J. H. Hairston of Columbus, Miss., and W. B. Hairston of Birmingham, Ala."

from "History of The Eager Family".
Burial*Private Ide Eager HAIRSTON is buried in Normandy American Cemetery, Plot F, Row 26, Grave 17, Colleville-sur-Mer, France;

Above images are from the American Battle Monuments Commision 

Sources (

  1. [S3025] Trotter, Susie Eager, History of the Eager Family from the Coming of the First Immigrant William Eager in 1630 to Date 1952, Harpeth Press 1952.
  2. [S214] World War II Enlistment Records.
  3. [S1910] 1910 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
  4. [S12] National Archives and Records Administration. Register, World War II Dead Interred in American Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil and World War II and Korea Missing or Lost or Buried at Sea. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.
Last Edited23 Nov 2021