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 25, 1950

A massive artillery barrage from the North signals the beginning of the Korean War. Roughly 100,000 North Korean troops pour across the 38th parallel, and, although South Korean forces are driven back, they retire in good order.

These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica

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