Cerro Gordo County

Pfc. Tom M. Hanson




Clear Lake Briefs

An 8 pound daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hanson, San Francisco, Cal., Saturday, it was learned Monday by the father’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Hanson 22 South Second street. Mr. Hanson left San Francisco Sunday after a 10-day furlough and is now located with the army tank corps at Camp Pickett, Va.

Source: The Globe-Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Tuesday, January 19, 1943, Page 4

Clear Lake Briefs

Tom M. Hanson, pfc., plans to return to Indiantown Gap, Pa., Friday evening after spending a short furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Hanson, and sisters, Mrs. Henry Jacobson and Mrs. Shelby Pierce. Private Hanson served two months on the North African front.

Source: The Globe-Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Thursday, June 24, 1943, Page 4

Colonel of Regiment Writes
to Hansons of Son’s Death

Religious Rites Held for Pfc. T. M. Hanson;
Burial in Belgium

Clear Lake – Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hanson, 222 S. 2nd street, have received the following letter from the office of the regiment commander, headquarters 33rd armored regiment:

“Your son, Tommie, who had been serving with this regiment since January, 1942, and during its campaigns in Normandy and Northern France, was killed in action in Belgium Sept. 3, 1944. Your have the deepest sympathy of the officers and men of this regiment in your bereavement. Tommie was held in high regard by all members of the command; he was a splendid soldier and an outstanding character. His loss is deeply felt by his many friends throughout the unit.

“Religious services were held at the burial of your son, Pfc. Tommie M. Hanson, which took place in Belgium and where the grave is located [Ardennes American Cemetery,

“As regimental commander, having in my charge many men, I can fully understand your grief and how deeply you feel the loss of your son. I wish to express my sincerest and heartfelt sympathy to you in this time of your sorrow. Your son was a brave, courageous and gallant solider and his actions on the field of battle upheld the highest traditions of military service. His loss to the regiment is greatly felt by all though his actions will long be remembered and will serve as an inspiration to those with whom he served.

“Please feel free to call upon me for any additional information you may desire. Most sincerely yours, John C. Welborn, Colonel, 33rd Armd. Regt., commanding.”

Mr. and Mrs. Hanson received a message from the war department last Sept. 30 telling them of their son’s death. He had twice previously been wounded. He suffered an eye injury in March, 1943, while serving in Africa, and on July 7, his 25th birthday, a head injury while serving in Normandy. He was a gunner on a tank and saw much active service. He was awarded the Purple Heart decoration which later came to his parents.

Pfc. Hanson was married, his wife and daughter, Christy Ladeane, living in Orville, Cal. Besides these and his parents, he is survived by 5 sisters and 2 brothers, one whom, Sgt. Allan Hanson, is serving overseas.

Source: The Globe-Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Tuesday, January 19, 1945, Page 4 (photo included)