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Sgt Robert Milton Hance

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Sgt Robert Milton Hance

  • Birth 6 Jan 1918
  • Death 15 Mar 1988
  • Burial Warsaw, Gallatin County, Kentucky, USA
  • Memorial ID 84239936

SGT. US ARMY,WWII
Sgt. Robert Milton Hance was born March 15, 1918 at the Hance home at Jackson's Landing. Sometime after his father died in 1937 Robert lived with his sister Lucille Farmer in Louisville. On July 14, 1942 he enlisted into the Army at Fort Benjamin Harrison. During World War II he served as a forward observer in the Headquarters Battery of the 224th Field Artillery of the 29th Infantry Division, which saw heavy casualties at Normandy. On D-Day he was dropped behind enemy lines to direct artillery fire. On December 27, 1944 he was promoted to a Technician IV. He saw considerable combat activities and it's said he never fully recovered from his wartime experiences. He was released from service on September 19, 1945. For his service was awarded the Bronze Star:

"Five Kentuckians, including three Louisvillians, have been awarded the Bronze Star Medal...Sgt. Robert Hance... During the drive from Oidtweiler to the Roer River and during the assault across the river, the rapid advance necessitated frequent forward displacements of the artillery. Prompt and accurate survey data was a prerequisite in connection with plans for satisfactory artillery support. Sergeant Hance stood on open crossroads which were being subjected to frequent fire and also in fields which were still under observed fire to carry out the exacting work and obtain the necessary data. "[From the Louisville Courier-Journal, Sept 8, 1945, pg.9]

Robert Milton Hance, 70, of Dosker Manor, died Tuesday at Veterans Administration Medical Center. He was a native of Gallatin County, a retired employee of the U.S. Postal Service, an Army veteran of World War II and a member of Warsaw Christian Church. Survivors: a son, Robert Hance; and three sisters, Willie B. Norton of Fort Mitchell, Doris Vaught of Clarksville, Ind., and Lucille Farmer. Funeral: 3 p.m. Saturday, Carlton-Lowder Funeral Home in Warsaw, with burial in Warsaw Cemetery. Visitation after 1 p.m. Saturday [from The Courier-Journal, March 17, 1988, pg.16].
(Info provided by Find A Grave member, Bill Davis)


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  • Created by: Jodi (Cohen) Bolden
  • Added: 30 Jan 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 84239936
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Robert Milton Hance (6 Jan 1918–15 Mar 1988), Find A Grave Memorial no. 84239936, citing Warsaw Cemetery, Warsaw, Gallatin County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Jodi (Cohen) Bolden (contributor 47413860) .