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
December 6, 1950
The U.S. Marines at the Chosin Reservoir begin their “attack in a different direction” as they engage in a fighting retreat to the port of Hŭngnam. Two entire Chinese armies have been tasked with the destruction of the 1st Marine Division. They succeed in driving the American force from North Korean territory but pay an enormous price: as many as 80,000 Chinese troops are killed or wounded, and the CPVF Ninth Army Group is rendered combat-ineffective for months. “Frozen Chosin” becomes one of the most-storied episodes in U.S. Marine Corps history.
These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica