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Ralph Eugene "Gene" Hanney
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Birth: Aug. 7, 1925
Rich County
Utah, USA
Death: Nov. 23, 1944

Ralph Eugene Hanney, my first-cousin, was the first-born son of Ralph Oscar Hanney, and my Aunt, Regina Faye McKinnon Hanney.

He died while serving as a U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II. On a crucial resupply-run, his ship, The S S William Warner, the last Liberty Ship, was 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. The impact was just under Life Boat 4, into which Eugene and at least 18 others had boarded. A dear friend & shipmate, named "Buddy Wist" (or perhaps "Whist"), 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 his memorial service, at which the letter about his death was read, in two of her articles published in the Rich County Reaper.
Family links: 
  Ralph Oscar Hanney (1902 - 1984)
  Regina McKinnon Hanney (1906 - 2000)
  Ralph Eugene Hanney (1925 - 1944)
  Beverly Elaine Hanney Thomson (1927 - 2015)*
  Bonnie Lou Hanney Matson (1929 - 2012)*
  Larry Lee Hanney (1934 - 2011)*
*Calculated relationship
Randolph City Cemetery
Rich County
Utah, USA
Created by: Robert Brent McKinnon
Record added: Jul 18, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55133509
Ralph Eugene Gene Hanney
Added by: Robert Brent McKinnon
Ralph Eugene Gene Hanney
Added by: Joanne T
Ralph Eugene Gene Hanney
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- Joanne T
 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!
- Cousin Brent
 Added: Sep. 3, 2010

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