b. 18/09/1930 Escatawpa, Mississippi. d. 07/06/1951 Pachi-dong, Korea.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 07/06/1951 Pachi-dong, Korea.
Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company F, 31st Infantry Regiment. On June 7, 1951, in the early daybreak hours, his machine gun position was attacked at Pachi-dong, Korea. In the initial assault four riflemen were wounded and evacuated from his position. Upon orders to move to rear terrain, PFC Hanson voluntarily remained to provide protective fire for the withdrawal. Maintaining a lone-man defense, he held off a numerically superior enemy until the wounded and rest of the platoon crawled to safety. After the company re-secured its original positions, PFC Hanson's body was found lying in front of his emplacement, with 22 enemy dead in the results of his action. For conspicuous gallantry, he was postumously
awarded the Medal of Honor in 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 machine gun. 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 lying in front of his emplacement, his machine gun 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.
BURIAL LOCATION: ROBINSON CEMETERY, ESCATAWPA, MISSISSIPPI.