BISMARCK, ND (KFYR) — Louis Hanson, a native of Jud, was a member of one of the most famous U.S. Army North Dakota units that served in the Pacific War.
The 164th Infantry Regiment was the first unit to land on Guadalcanal during World War II.
His service lasted over four years and his life spanned over 100 years.
In a home video, Louis Hanson is seen describing the weapons he used during World War II to his daughter Diana Herner.
“I think some of the questions are tough, given that we’re just starting to shut down,” Herner said.
On Sunday, Hanson passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family.
“He is the most humble and caring man I have ever met in my life,” said Joe Bagan, Hanson’s grandson.
Herner has collected what remains of his father’s story.
“That uniform was hanging in his closet at Touchmark where he lived,” Herner said.
Organizing medals and memorabilia brings him closer to who he once was.
“Here is his enlistment file and his separation report. He was very proud to be honorably discharged,” Herner said.
As Hanson is honored one last time at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.
“He answered the call to serve and he served it very well,” said Vern Fetch, president of the 164th Infantry Association.
The sound of gunfire and a final salute send him to rest in peace.
“It’s sad that we’re losing the talent, the patriotism, the generational values of our WWII veterans, and it’s sad that this chapter is closing,” said Shirley Olgeirson, editor of Infantry magazine. News.
Of the 2,000 soldiers who served in the 164th, only one veteran remains in the state.
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