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First Name: Jack

Last Name: Hanson

Birthplace: Escaptawpa, MS, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Galveston, TX
Middle Name: Glennon

Date of Birth: 18 September 1930

Date of Death: 07 June 1951

Rank: Private First Class

Years Served:
Jack Glennon Hanson

•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)


Jack Glennon Hanson
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
Korean War

Jack Glennon Hanson was born on 18 September 1930 in Escaptawpa, MS. He was a Private First Class in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on 7 June 1951. Many members of F Company owe Jack Hanson their lives.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company F, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division

Place and date: Near Pachi-dong, Korea, 7 June 1951

Entered service at: Galveston, TX

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 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.

Other Medals

In addition to the Medal of Honor, PFC Hanson was awarded the Purple Heart.

Death and Burial

PFC Jack Glennon Hanson was killed in action on 7 June 1951. He is buried at Robinson Cemetery in Escaptawpa, MS.

Honoree ID: 1169   Created by: MHOH




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