|Birth: ||Aug. 7, 1925|
|Death: ||Nov. 23, 1944|
Ralph Eugene Hanney, my first-cousin, was the son of Ralph Oscar Hanney, and my Aunt, Regina Faye McKinnon Hanney.
He died while serving as a Merchant Marine during World War II. On a resupply-run, his ship either struck a German mine, or was (more likely) torpedoed by a German submarine, "just off the coast of France". The ship was disabled, but noone was hurt initially; however, while the crew were manning the lifeboats, a German submarine torpedoed the disabled merchantman. A dear friend & shipmate wrote a letter home that described how the torpedo took the life of Gene and 18 other servicemen.
Gene, and presumably many of the others that died that day were buried in Cherbourg, France. After the war, Gene's remains were returned to Randolph, where he was interred in the Randolph City Cemetery.
I remember seeing his picture prominently displayed in my Aunt Regina's home whenever my family visited theirs in Randolph when I was young.
My Aunt, Twila McKinnon Kearl (Regina's sister), had the sad task of including both the letter about his death, and a description of Gene's memorial service in two of her articles published in the Rich County Reaper.
Ralph Oscar Hanney (1902 - 1984)
Regina McKinnon Hanney (1906 - 2000)
Ralph Eugene Hanney (1925 - 1944)
Larry Lee Hanney (1934 - 2011)*
Randolph City Cemetery
Created by: Robert Brent McKinnon
Record added: Jul 18, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55133509
Added: Nov. 3, 2010
Gene, though I never knew you, the love you provided your family and your country was very apparent whenever my family would visit yours in Randolph. I salute you for your service to our country and the world, and honor you for your sacrifice!|
Added: Sep. 3, 2010