Donald “Donny” Hannasch

Donald “Donny” Hannasch was born on June 29, 1931 in Roselle, Iowa. Donny was drafted and served for two years in the Army’s 7th Infantry. Donny was deployed to Korea and held the dangerous job of radio operator. He quickly moved up the ranks and was promised a promotion to Field Master Sergeant; however, his discharge papers arrived and Donny returned home to Iowa as a Sergeant 1st Class. Donny served his country in several conflicts, including the Battle of Pork Chop Hill and managed to see the demilitarized zone. Years after the war, he still recalled hearing the Chinese and Korean fighter jets flying over soldiers during bombing runs. Donny passed away October 22, 2017.


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Korean War - Key Events

June 27, 1950

The United Nations Security Council adopts Resolution 83, authorizing UN member states to provide military assistance to South Korea. The Soviets, who could have vetoed the resolution, are boycotting the proceedings because the Nationalist government on Taiwan still occupies China’s seat on the Security Council. Seoul falls the following day.

These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica

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