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HANSON, JACK G. (1930–1951). Jack G. Hanson, Medal of Honor recipient, was born at Escaptawpa, Mississippi, on August 18, 1930. He entered military service at Galveston, Texas. Private First Class Jack G. Hanson, First Platoon, Company F, Eighty-first Infantry Regiment, United States Army, was cited for "gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty" near Sobuk San Mountain, Korea. On the night of June 7, 1951, his company was fiercely attacked while in defensive positions on two hills. Hanson volunteered to remain behind to cover the withdrawal. His assistant gunner and three riflemen were wounded and also withdrew. He remained and maintained a one-man defense. When the platoon counterattacked some 2½ hours later, they found Hanson's body in front of his machine gun, his ammunition expended, his empty pistol in his right hand and a machete with blood on the blade in his left, and twenty-two enemy dead around the position. His self-sacrifice enabled his company to regain the lost ground. Hanson is buried in the Robinson Cemetery at Escaptawpa, Mississippi.


Committee on Veterans' Affairs, United States Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients, 1863–1973 (Washington: GPO, 1973).

Art Leatherwood

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