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Walter Jacob Hanna Jr



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Born Gilroy, CA 15 December 1917
Assigned to 47th BG Fresno, CA 7 May 1941
Completed 47th BG Combat Tour Vesuvius Airfield, Italy June 1944
Died Gilroy, CA 9 March 2009

Walt graduated from Gilroy High School, and from San Jose State College in 1939 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He first began flight training in college, and enlisted in the Army in 1939. He later became part of the 47th Bomb Group, rising to the level of squadron commander. His unit became part of the newly launched Allied invasion of North Africa. In 1943, he led one of the most climactic raids of the North African campaign, chasing Field Marshall Rommell's Panzer division out of Algeria and into Tunisia. The German forces in North Africa surrendered a few weeks later. The 47th Bomb Group received the Distinguished Unit Citation and Walt was awarded the Silver Star. (excerpt from

Buried Gilroy, CA 12 March 2009

Gavilan Hills Memorial Park
Gilroy, Santa Clara County, California, USA


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