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

July 27, 1953

Mark W. Clark for the UN Command, Peng Dehuai for the Chinese, and Kim Il-Sung for North Korea conclude an armistice ending hostilities. A demilitarized zone is created that roughly follows the prewar border along the 38th parallel. South Korean Pres. Syngman Rhee announces his acceptance of the agreement, but no representative of South Korea ever signs the document.

These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica

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