PFC Harold Patrick “Tidley” Hannon

PFC Harold Patrick “Tidley” Hannon

Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 20 Nov 1943 (aged 28)
Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati
Burial Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 184020552 · View Source
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Marine Corps Pfc. Harold Patrick Hannon, killed during the battle of Tarawa in World War II, has now been laid to rest in American soil.

Affectionately known as "Tidley" for his prowess at the childhood game Tiddlywinks, Harold was the 3rd son and 4 of 9 children blessed to the union of Albert Leo & Catherine (Kerrigan) Hannon.

Before formally enlisting in the Marines on June 3, 1942, in Philadelphia, Tidley attended Scranton schools then worked for the Scranton Coal Co. and later as a tool setter at Remington Arms in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

In November 1943, Private First Class Hannon was assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, but the Japanese were virtually annihilated.

It was November 20th (D-Day for the "Battle of Tarawa") when young Harold - just 28 years old - perished.

His military awards include the Purple Heart, WWII Combat Action Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Marine Corps Good Conduct, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal and the Pistol Marksman Badge.

Previously surviving siblings, now deceased, are Romayne and husband, Chester Cooke; Albert Leo; Joseph Jerome and wife, Mary; William Anthony and wife, Florence; Eileen and husband, Fred Flesch; Richard and wife, Joan; Regina Marie "Jean"and husband, Edward Unger; Kathleen Patricia "Catherine" and husband, Ed Barrett.

He is survived by nieces, Patricia (Hannon) Petillo, Catherine (Hannon) Cali, Florence (Hannon) Talerico and Elaine Hannon; and nephews, William Hannon, Brian Hannon and Dr. Dennis Hannon.

Calling hours were held Friday, November 12th from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Neil W. Regan Funeral Home Inc., 1900 Pittston Ave., Scranton, PA 18505. The Marine Corps League of Scranton performed a service at 5:15 during the calling hours.

The funeral was held Saturday, November 13 with Mass at 11 a.m. in Nativity of Our Lord Church at St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St., celebrated by the Rev. Michael Bryant, pastor, followed by interment at Cathedral Cemetery.
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Hannon's name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the NMCP (55923330), an American Battle Monuments Commission cemetery, along with the others killed or lost in WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

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  • Added: 5 Oct 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 184020552
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Harold Patrick “Tidley” Hannon (19 Oct 1915–20 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 184020552, citing Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by JSMorrison (contributor 47978427) .