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 Walter Jacob Hanna Jr.

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Walter Jacob Hanna Jr.

Birth
Gilroy, Santa Clara County, California, USA
Death 9 Mar 2009 (aged 91)
Gilroy, Santa Clara County, California, USA
Burial Gilroy, Santa Clara County, California, USA
Memorial ID 137777664 View Source
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Walt graduated from Gilroy High School, and from San Jose State College in 1939 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He first began flight training in college, and enlisted in the Army in 1939. He later became part of the 47th Bomb Group, rising to the level of squadron commander. His unit became part of the newly launched Allied invasion of North Africa. In 1943, he led one of the most climactic raids of the North African campaign, chasing Field Marshall Rommell's Panzer division out of Algeria and into Tunisia. The German forces in North Africa surrendered a few weeks later. The 47th Bomb Group received the Distinguished Unit Citation and Walt was awarded the Silver Star. (excerpt from http://www.gilroydispatch.com/obituaries/walter-jacob-hanna-jr/article_149107d5-bc41-5f36-b7a8-2c708f2cdd86.html)


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  • Created by: John Maxwell
  • Added: 25 Oct 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 137777664
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/137777664/walter-jacob-hanna : accessed ), memorial page for Walter Jacob Hanna Jr. (15 Dec 1917–9 Mar 2009), Find a Grave Memorial ID 137777664, citing Gavilan Hills Memorial Park, Gilroy, Santa Clara County, California, USA ; Maintained by John Maxwell (contributor 47329185) .