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John H. Hanna

John H. Hanna

United States Army
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Corporal John Hanna of the US Army was born on May 1, 1920 in Northern Ireland and immigrated to the United States at age 9, settling in Amsterdam, NY. In December 1942, at the age of 22, he enlisted into military service, arriving first at Ft. Jackson South Carolina. John was a Technician Fifth Grade in the US Army 925th Field Artillery Battalion of the 100th Infantry Division. During World War II, he served in Eastern France and the Rhineland Germany. On November4, 1944, in the vicinity of St. Remy, France, there was an attack against his position by enemy mortar shelling, wounding two of John’s comrades. Corporal Hanna immediately left his position and went to the assistance of the wounded men. Without regard for enemy mortar shells which had continued to fall in the area, John administered first aid, and, although it was necessary to expose himself to hostile machine gun fire, carried the casualties from the field. For his courage and initiative, Corporal Hanna was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Heroic achievement. John married the love of his life, Pearl Ann Derinsky on June 20, 1953 and they were together until his death on February 1, 2003. John was an avid hockey and soccer player in his earlier years and later, he loved gardening and spending quality time with his daughters and grandsons at the Jersey Shore. He always took pride in his military service and representing Amsterdam, NY.