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Gunnar O. Hansen

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Gunnar O. Hansen 1917 - 2009 BENNINGTON Gunnar O. Hansen, 91, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2009 at Mike O'Callaghan Federal Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev. He was born Aug. 31, 1917, in Brantford, Canada and raised in Bennington, Vt. Gunnar Hansen first entered military service in 1935, served in World War II in the Pacific Theater as first sergeant of a military police company. His assignments included the Papuan Campaign, the Bismarck Archipelago, Leyte, Luzon and Germany. He earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon with Bronze Stars for beach landing and the Presidential Unit Citation. After World War II, Hansen returned to reserve status and, as a reservist, won a commission in 1948. As an infantry lieutenant, he was recalled to active duty in 1950 and served for two years in Germany and in Korea. Gunnar was a member of the 425th Civil Affairs Company and was promoted to the rank of major in the Army Reserve. He retired after serving for 35 years in combined active-inactive duty. His military service was very important to him, as he was a proud American who loved his country. Living in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Las Vegas, Nev., he enjoyed his hobby of faceting gemstones, working with silver and gold. He had the pleasure of giving his wonderful jewelry to family, friends and strangers. Gunnar enjoyed a daily walk, swimming, road trips and casinos. He leaves his loving wife Brigita Hansen, stepdaughters; Raminta and Jolita, step grandchildren; Beta, Ben and Willy; nephews; Steven and Lyman Hansen and family, Edie and Richard Dewey Jolivette, Carolyn LaBrum, Michelle Johnson, Barbara Anderson and family, Greg and Rhonda Dewey and family. He was predeceased by his first wife, Ann Miller Hansen, and his brothers C. Henry and Peter Hansen. FUNERAL NOTICE: Gunnar O. Hansen was buried March 19, 2009, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nevada with full military honors with the inscription, "loved by all". He admired General Douglas MacArthur and often quoted from his farewell address to congress, "Old soldiers never die they just fade away".
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 27, 2009
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