Woodbury County

Pvt. Edward J. Hanna


Edward J. Hanna Is Back From Camp Claiborne

Funny thing about the Army chow at Camp Claiborne, La., according to Edward J. Hanna, 3421 Fourth avenue, home now on 15-day furlough, the food was better in the field during the maneuvers than at the camp itself.

But Hanna doesn’t complain about the Army. He says it’s O.K. He left here last February with the Iowa National Guard troops.  He is in the 185th field artillery.  He formerly worked in his brother’s shoe repair shop, 719 Pierce street.

Source:  The Sioux City Journal, October 8, 1941 (photo included)

Remained At Post During Shelling; Foxhole Nearby

Private Edward J. Hanna of a headquarters battery stationed in Tunisia has been cited for outstanding meritorious conduct in battle on February 19, 1943, according to a general order issued by Lieut. Col. Raymond.

The order stated that “during heavy hostile shelling of the battalion command post near Shiba, Tunisia, Private Hanna, at great risk to himself, remained by his post at a vehicular radio, although there was a foxhole closeby.  Private First Class Hanna’s coolness and calm devotion to duty reflect great credit on the armed forces of the United States.”

Private Hanna, a brother of James Hanna, 3421 Fourth avenue, was a member of a Sioux City National Guard unit which was mustered into service in 1941.  Two other Hanna brothers are in service.  Joseph Hanna of the Army air corps is studying to become a pilot at State Teachers College, Superior, Wis.  Philip Hanna is taking an Army officer candidate course at Ripon College, Ripon, Wis.

Source:  The Sioux City Journal, June 30, 1943 (photo included)