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Robert Murray Hanson



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Remembered at A.B.M.C. Manila
  Wall of the Missing  

Also Remembered At
Newton Center, MA
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Born: February 4, 1920 at Lucknow, India

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Massachusetts

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism November 1, 1943 - January 24, 1944 in the air over Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands, and New Britain Island, Bismarck Archipelago.

Died:  February 3, 1944 at the age of 23

First Lieutenant Hanson served as fighter pilot attached to Marine Fighting Squadron 215 in action against enemy Japanese forces at Bougainville Island and New Britain Island, from November 1, 1943 to 24 January 1944. Undeterred by fierce opposition, and fearless in the face of overwhelming odds, First Lieutenant Hanson fought the Japanese boldly and with daring aggressiveness. On November 1, while flying cover for our landing operations at Empress Augusta Bay, he dauntlessly attacked six enemy torpedo bombers, forcing them to jettison their bombs and destroying one Japanese plane during the action. Cut off from his division while deep in enemy territory during a high cover flight over Simpson Harbor on January 24, First Lieutenant Hanson waged a lone and gallant battle against hostile interceptors as they were orbiting to attack our bombers and, striking with devastating fury, brought down four Zeroes and probably a fifth. Handling his plane superbly in both pursuit and attack measures, he was a master of individual air combat, accounting for a total of 25 Japanese aircraft in this theater of war. He was killed in action on February 3, 1944.



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