Duane William Hannasch was born on November 24, 1928 in Templeton, Iowa. Soon after the breakout of the Korean War, Duane was drafted. He received his draft notice in January 1951 and was sent to Fort Riley, Kansas for basic training and to serve in the Army’s 3rd Armored Division. His brother and brother in law would also be drafted and eventually deployed. Duane left behind his sweetheart, Anita Koster, but was soon reunited with her after his basic training. Duane and Anita married in Breda, Iowa before he was sent to Fort Meade, Maryland. Duane attended baking school and ended up cooking for the medical training unit in Fort Meade for 6 months. He was eventually shipped to Fort Knox, Kentucky where he served as the cook for the officer mess hall and served over 80 officers on a daily basis. Duane’s two year long service ended in December 1952. He was able to hitchhike rides back home to Iowa and arrive at his family’s farm in time to celebrate his newborn son’s first Christmas. Nearly 70 years later, Duane and his wife, Anita, still remember his dog tag number: US 55076916. They have been blessed with 5 children, 8 grandchildren, and several great grandchildren.
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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