Biographies - Jim Hanson
Full Name:
James M. "Jim" Hanson
Date of Birth:
23 January 1944
I enlisted in Milwaukee, WI
L/ 274 and Hq & Hq Co/274


Combat Infantryman Badge (two awards) Silver Star Medal Legion of Merit (two awards) Distinguished Flying Cross Bronze star Medal Air Medal wih 5 OLCs Joint Services Commendation Medal Army Commendation Medal with 3 OLCs Good Conduct Medal American Campaign Medal European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign medal with three bronze service stars (Ardennes-Alsace; Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns) Vietnam Campaign Medal with five bronze service stars (Tet 1968 Counteroffensive Campaign; Phase IV Campaign; Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign; Counteroffensive Phae VI Campaign; Tet 1969 Counteroffensive Campaign; Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign) Army of Occcupation Medal WW II Victory Medal Dissststinguished Unit Citation (two awards); Senior Parachutist Badge Army General Staff Badge; Joint Saff Badge


I returned to the states from Europe in May 1946 and resumed college undergraduate work. Graduated from the U of Denver in1949 and was commissioned 2d Lt of Infantry in the Regular Army (ROTC). Graduated from the Infatry Officers Advanced Course at Ft. Benning, GA in 1956, the Command and General Staff Course at Ft. leavenworth, KS in 1962 and the Army War College at Carlisle barracks, PA in 1973. Received an MS in Public Adminstrtion from U of Southern Illinois in 1975. Retired from the Army in 1976 as a Colonel with 30 years service and worked as a consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon until final retirement in 1988. Overseas Army assignments included another tour in Germany, and tours in Korea, Panama and Vietnam. My wife, Beverly, and I live in Virginia Beach, VA. We have three children, a girl and two boys and six grandchildren, four girls and two boys. Enjoying the world of high tech.