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

September 12, 1950

North Korean troops reach their farthest point of advance. Although thousands of UN troops have arrived to reinforce South Korea, months of fighting have reduced the area under their control to a 5,000-square-mile rectangle centered on the critical southeastern port of Pusan. By the time the North Korean invasion force reaches the “Pusan Perimeter,” its strength has been nearly cut in half and it is almost entirely lacking in armor.

These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica

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