The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*HANSON, JACK G.
Rank and organization: Private First
Class, U.S. Army, Company F, 31st Infantry Regiment. Place and date: Near
Pachi-dong, Korea, 7 June 1951. Entered service at: Galveston, Tex. Born:
18 September 1930, Escaptawpa, Miss. G.O. No.: 15, 1 February 1952.
Pfc. Hanson, a machine gunner with the 1st Platoon, Company F, distinguished himself by
conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of
duty in action against an armed enemy of the United Nations. The company, in defensive
positions on two strategic hills separated by a wide saddle, was ruthlessly attacked at
approximately 0300 hours, the brunt of which centered on the approach to the divide within
range of Pfc. Hanson's machinegun. In the initial phase of the action, 4 riflemen were
wounded and evacuated and the numerically superior enemy, advancing 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.
Subsequent to the retiring elements fighting a rearguard action to the new location, it
was learned that Pfc. Hanson's assistant gunner and 3 riflemen had been wounded and had
crawled to safety, and that he was maintaining a lone-man defense. After the 1st Platoon
reorganized, counterattacked, and resecured its original positions at approximately 0530
hours, Pfc. Hanson's body was found Iying 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.
Pfc. Hanson's consummate valor, inspirational conduct, and willing self-sacrifice enabled
the company to contain the enemy and regain the commanding ground, and reflect lasting
glory on himself and the noble traditions of the military service.