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Hanson, Arnold W., U.S. Army

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Arnold William Hanson was the youngest of three children born in 1914 in North Dakota to parents who emigrated from Norway. The family was living in Somo, Lincoln County, Wisconsin according to the 1920 census, but they were living in Birchwood in 1921 when his father died from pneumonia. In 1930 they were living in Menomonie, Dunn County, Wisconsin. He contracted scarlet fever in 1934.

Based on pictures that are in the possession of Tony Hanson (his son) he was in the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) and was based at Camp Globe in Fairfield, Wisconsin in September 1934 and May 1935.

He entered the US Army as a baker at Ft. Snelling, Minnesota on January 14, 1937 and re-enlisted again in 1939. In 1940 he deserted while he was stationed in Rantoul, Illinois. Rantoul was an Army Air Corp base, and his 1937 enlistment papers included a “Statement of Applicant” he signed that stated “no promises have been made that I would be assigned to a school or that I would be taught to fly or given any flying instructions”, so perhaps he was frustrated about the Army’s decision to not allow him to pursue his desire to be a pilot.

Whatever the reasons, he was arrested in Wisconsin, convicted of stealing a car in Rantoul, Illinois and transporting it to Milwaukee, and was placed on probation for two years. He was discharged from probation by the US District Court on 04 Mar 1943.

In March of 1943 he traveled by bus from Milwaukee to Hannibal, Missouri with Anna Lorraine Hanson where they were married on March 23.

In September of that year he re-enlisted with the US Army. His service record states that he received a Honorable Discharge from the service for his prior enlistment for the convenience of the Government to allow him to reenlist. He arrived at Ft. McClellan, Alabama in October 1943 and remained there through the end of 1944. In January 1945 he departed for Hawaii, where he was stationed until the end of the war. He corresponded with his wife almost every day during this period. She preserved these letters: the collection is in the possession of Tony Hanson (their son).

After the war ended he was re-assigned to Hawaii as a recruiter and was joined there by his wife, daughter and mother. Daughters Linda and Jean were born in Hawaii.

In 1952 he was transferred to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In late 1953 the family moved to Camp Carson, Colorado. In March 1955 he was assigned to Fort Riley, Kansas. The family headed for Detroit, Michigan in August 1956. In February, 1958 he was re-assigned to Fort Carson, Colorado, where he would serve until his retirement from the Army in September, 1960. The family made one more move to Hinsdale, Illinois, residing at 536 W. Chestnut (the house was torn down about 1975).

As a civilian he worked as a sports writer for the LaGrange Citizen, a weekly newspaper in suburban Chicago, before moving to the Wheaton Daily Journal as sports editor. He then worked for a number of years as a Service Officer for the Veterans Administration for DuPage and Kane counties. He battled two serious incidents of cancer: he had abdominal surgery at the Hinsdale Hospital in 1962, and another round of surgery and radiation treatment on his neck at the Great Lakes Naval hospital in 1967. He died in 1971 and is interned with his wife at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Arnold W. Hanson, World War II

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Arnold William Hanson was the youngest of three children born in 1914 in North Dakota to parents who emigrated from Norway. The family was living in Somo, Lincoln County, Wisconsin according to the 1920 census, but they were living in Birchwood in 1921 when his father died from pneumonia. In 1930 they were living in Menomonie, Dunn County, Wisconsin. He contracted scarlet fever in 1934.

Based on pictures that are in the possession of Tony Hanson (his son) he was in the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) and was based at Camp Globe in Fairfield, Wisconsin in September 1934 and May 1935.

He entered the US Army as a baker at Ft. Snelling, Minnesota on January 14, 1937 and re-enlisted again in 1939. In 1940 he deserted while he was stationed in Rantoul, Illinois. Rantoul was an Army Air Corp base, and his 1937 enlistment papers included a “Statement of Applicant” he signed that stated “no promises have been made that I would be assigned to a school or that I would be taught to fly or given any flying instructions”, so perhaps he was frustrated about the Army’s decision to not allow him to pursue his desire to be a pilot.

Whatever the reasons, he was arrested in Wisconsin, convicted of stealing a car in Rantoul, Illinois and transporting it to Milwaukee, and was placed on probation for two years. He was discharged from probation by the US District Court on 04 Mar 1943.

In March of 1943 he traveled by bus from Milwaukee to Hannibal, Missouri with Anna Lorraine Hanson where they were married on March 23.

In September of that year he re-enlisted with the US Army. His service record states that he received a Honorable Discharge from the service for his prior enlistment for the convenience of the Government to allow him to reenlist. He arrived at Ft. McClellan, Alabama in October 1943 and remained there through the end of 1944. In January 1945 he departed for Hawaii, where he was stationed until the end of the war. He corresponded with his wife almost every day during this period. She preserved these letters: the collection is in the possession of Tony Hanson (their son).

After the war ended he was re-assigned to Hawaii as a recruiter and was joined there by his wife, daughter and mother. Daughters Linda and Jean were born in Hawaii.

In 1952 he was transferred to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In late 1953 the family moved to Camp Carson, Colorado. In March 1955 he was assigned to Fort Riley, Kansas. The family headed for Detroit, Michigan in August 1956. In February, 1958 he was re-assigned to Fort Carson, Colorado, where he would serve until his retirement from the Army in September, 1960. The family made one more move to Hinsdale, Illinois, residing at 536 W. Chestnut (the house was torn down about 1975).

As a civilian he worked as a sports writer for the LaGrange Citizen, a weekly newspaper in suburban Chicago, before moving to the Wheaton Daily Journal as sports editor. He then worked for a number of years as a Service Officer for the Veterans Administration for DuPage and Kane counties. He battled two serious incidents of cancer: he had abdominal surgery at the Hinsdale Hospital in 1962, and another round of surgery and radiation treatment on his neck at the Great Lakes Naval hospital in 1967. He died in 1971 and is interned with his wife at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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