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Hanneken, Herman Henry "Hard-Hearted"

Date of birth:
June 23rd, 1893 (St. Louis/Missouri, United States)
Date of death:
August 23rd, 1986 (La Jolla/California, United States)
Buried on:
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

Herman H. Hanneken awarded the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military's highest decoration, as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in conflict with the enemy near Grande Riviere, Republic of Haiti, on the night of October 31st-November 1st, 1919.

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Period:
2nd Caco War (1918-1920)
Rank:
Second Lieutenant
Awarded on:
June 10th, 1920
Citation:
"For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in actual conflict with the enemy near GRANDE RIVIERE, Republic of Haiti, on the night of October 31st-November 1st, 1919, resulting in the death of Charlemange Peralte, the supreme bandit chief in the Republic of Haiti, and the killing and capture and dispersal of about 1200 of his outlaw followers. Second Lieutenant Hanneken not only distinguished himself by his excellent judgement and leadership, but unhesitatingly exposed himself to great personal danger, and the slightest error would have forfeited not only his life but the lives of the detachments of Gendarmerie under his command. The successful termination of his mission will undoubtedly prove of untold value to the Republic of Haiti."
G.O. Navy Department, No. 536.
Medal of Honor - Navy/Marine Corps (MoH)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Colonel
Unit:
Commanding Officer 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division "The Old Breed", U.S. Marine Corps
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy during the Guadalcanal campaign.
Citation unavailable.
Silver Star Medal (SSM)
For meritorious conduct in action during the battle of Peleliu, Palau Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Colonel
Unit:
Commanding Officer 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division "The Old Breed", U.S. Marine Corps
For action during the Cape Gloucester operation on New Britain, Papua New Guinea from December 1943 through March 1944.
Citation unavailable.
Bronze Star  Medal (BSM)
Navy Cross
Second Navy Cross awarded in the form of a gold star to be worn on the ribbon of the first Navy Cross.
Navy Cross
Good Conduct Medal - Marine Corps
Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal
Mexican Service Medal
Haitian Campaign Medal
Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded with three campaign stars.
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal

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