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Jack G. 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.

Robinson Cemetery

Born:  September 18, 1930 at Escatawpa, MS

Entered Service in the US Army from Galveston, TX

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism June 07, 1951 at Pachi-dong, Korea

Died:  June 07, 1951 at the age of 20

Private First Class Hanson's company was in defensive positions on two strategic hills when it was ruthlessly attacked at approximately 3:00 a.m. The brunt of the assault was centered on the approach to the divide within range of PFC Hanson's machinegun. In the initial action four riflemen were wounded and evacuated while the numerically superior enemy, advanced under cover of darkness, infiltrated, and posed an imminent threat to the security of the command post and weapons platoon. Upon orders to move to key terrain above and to the right of PFC Hanson's position, he voluntarily remained to provide protective fire for the withdrawal. Subsequently it was learned that Private First Class Hanson's assistant gunner and three riflemen had been wounded and had crawled to safety, and that Hanson was maintaining a lone-man defense. After the First Platoon re-secured its original positions at approximately 0530 hours, PFC Hanson's body was found Lying in front of his emplacement, his machinegun ammunition expended, his empty pistol in his right hand, and a machete with blood on the blade in his left hand, and approximately 22 enemy dead lay in the wake of his action.



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