Robert E. Bagel was born in 1889 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Bagel was working as a draftsman for Cincinnati’s Worthington Machinery Corporation when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1917. Experience gained in the machine tool field is likely how Bagel became an engineer in the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF). The AEF participated in a wide range of engineering missions, including providing much-needed lumber to American troops. Allied lines of communication depended greatly on engineers like Bagel.
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