|Birth: ||Feb. 4, 1920|
Uttar Pradesh, India
|Death: ||Feb. 3, 1944, At Sea|
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery while a fighter pilot attached to Marine Fighting Squadron 215 in action against enemy Japanese forces at Bougainville Island on November 1, 1943 and New Britain Island on January 24, 1944. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life and above and beyond the call of duty. Undeterred by fierce opposition, and fearless in the face of overwhelming odds, 1st Lt. Hanson fought the Japanese boldly and with daring aggressiveness. On 1 November, while flying cover for our landing operations at Empress Augusta Bay, he dauntlessly attacked 6 enemy torpedo bombers, forcing them to jettison their bombs and destroying 1 Japanese plane during the action. Cut off from his division while deep in enemy territory during a high cover flight over Simpson Harbor on 24 January, 1st Lt. Hanson waged a lone and gallant battle against hostile interceptors as they were orbiting to attack our bombers and, striking with devastating fury, brought down 4 Zeroes and probably a fifth. Handling his plane superbly in both pursuit and attack measures, he was a master of individual air combat, accounting for a total of 25 Japanese aircraft in this theater of war. His great personal valor and invincible fighting spirit were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service."
Note: Entered the service from Massachusetts.
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
National Capital Region, Philippines
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Record added: Dec 14, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 10097658
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