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William T. Hanna

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William T. Hanna
Born(1920-10-23)October 23, 1920
New York City
DiedOctober 9, 1942(1942-10-09) (aged 21)
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Allegiance United States
Service/branchSeal of the United States Marine Corps.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service1942
Unit1st Marine Division (Reinforced)
Battles/warsWorld War II
  • Guadalcanal campaign
AwardsNavy Cross
Purple Heart
shared the Presidential Unit Citation

William T. Hanna (October 23, 1920 in New York City, New York – October 9, 1942 at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands) was an American marine.

Marine Corps career[edit]

Hanna enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps January 14, 1942 at New York. He was killed in action October 9, 1942 while attached to the 1st Marine Division Reinforced on Guadalcanal. His unit received the Presidential Unit Citation for outstanding gallantry and determination in successfully executing forced landing assaults against a number of strongly defended Japanese positions on various Japanese strongholds including Guadalcanal.

Awarded the Navy Cross[edit]

For his undaunted courage, Hanna was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross and Purple Heart.

Fighting desperately in hand-to-hand combat against overwhelming hostile forces, Private Hanna refused to be dislodged from his position and after exacting a tremendous toll of the enemy, heroically died at his post.


USS Hanna (DE-449) was launched July 4, 1944 by the Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newark, New Jersey; sponsored by Mrs. William P. Hanna, mother; and commissioned January 27, 1945, Lt. Cmdr. Means Johnston, Jr., in command.

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topics Biography AND World War II : Albert William Tweedy Jr., Jaime Sabater Sr., Ronald A. Burdo, Oliver Mitchell, Clancy Lyall, Leland Evan Thomas, Arthur Harvey

Other articles of the topic Biography : Clancy Lyall, Lists of people, Earle B. Hall, Orlando Fernández, Louis J. Carpellotti, Chester Thomas O'Brien, Amir Karara

Other articles of the topic World War II : John T. Eversole, Paul G. Baker, J. Douglas Blackwood, Harold John Ellison, Wendover Air Force Base, Stanley G. Benner, Leland Evan Thomas
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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

External links[edit]

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