Earl was drafted in December 1942. After training, reportedly at Camp Maxey, Texas, and a furlough, Earl was sent to Europe. On 16 Jun 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to B Company 116th Infantry. On 29 Jun 1944, PVT Hoag was wounded and sent to hospital. He died of his wounds on 9 Jul 1944.
From the family:
Formerly a locomotive fireman, twenty-one year old enlistee Pvt. Earl Hoag, Jr., in Co. B, 116th Regiment, landed at H +30 [H hour plus 30 minutes] on Omaha Beach at Dog Green. His unit was depicted in "Saving Private Ryan". The 116th Regiment was attached to the 29th Infantry Division, XIX Corps (MG Charles H. Corlett, Commanding), 1st Army, under Lieutenant General Omar Bradley. The 29th's 116th Infantry Regiment (temporarily attached to the 1st Division) was given the task of opening and holding two inland passages (Dog One and Dog Three) in the 3,000 yard stretch of Omaha to which they were assigned. He survived the landing but suffered shrapnel wounds from an artillery shell 29 June 1944, at St. Lo, Normandy, France. He died 9 Jul 1944.PVT Hoag was repatriated in 1948 and is buried in Tioga Point Cemetery in Athens, Pennsylvania.