Hansen, Henry Oliver, Sgt

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737-Rifle NCO
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1944-1945, 521, E Co., 2nd Bn, 28th Marine Regiment (2/28)
Service Years
1938 - 1945


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Casualty Date
Mar 01, 1945
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War II
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
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  1945, World War II Fallen

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Rifle Sharpshooter (Pre 1959)

 Unit Assignments
MARDET (Afloat)28th Marine Regiment
  1940-1942, 522, MARDET USS Arkansas (BB-33)
  1944-1945, 521, E Co., 2nd Bn, 28th Marine Regiment (2/28)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Bougainville
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
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Henry Oliver "Hank" Hansen (December 14, 1919 – March 1, 1945) was a United States Marine Corps sergeant who was killed in action during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. He was member of the combat patrol that climbed, captured, and raised the American flag and flagstaff on top of Mount Suribachi on February 23, 1945. He helped to raise the first flag, and was for a time, incorrectly identified as being one of the six flag raisers in the world famous second Mount Suribachi flag raising photograph taken the same day by Associated Press photographer, Joe Rosenthal.

He joined the Marines at age 18 and trained as a Paramarine. The Paramarines disbanded in February 1944 and he was transferred to the 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division.
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