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First Name: Charles

Last Name: Hanes

Birthplace: Winston-Salem, NC, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Surry County, NC
Middle Name: Robinson

Date of Birth: 09 February 1912

Date of Death: 13 September 1943

Rank: Private

Years Served:
Charles Robinson Hanes

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Charles Robinson Hanes
Private, U.S. Army

In September 1943, Private Charles Robinson Hanes was serving with the 142nd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, Fifth U.S. Army in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations.

On 13 September, PVT Hane’s unit was in action against German forces near Paestum, Italy, in the Battle of Salerno during the Italian Campaign. PVT Hane’s courageous actions and extraordinary heroism that day, at the cost of his life, earned him the U.S. Army's second highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross.

Medals, Awards and Badges

Distinguished Service Cross
Purple Heart
Army Good Conduct Medal
American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars
World War II Victory Medal
Combat Infantryman Badge

Distinguished Service Cross Citation (Synopsis)

Private Charles R. Hanes (ASN: 34312859), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 142d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces in September 1943. Private Hanes' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 110 (1943)


Private Charles Robinson Hanes is buried at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial in Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy in Plot F, Row 10, Grave 22.


Honoree ID: 202932   Created by: MHOH




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