In Memory of
U.S. Army Second Lieutenant Pierre, South Dakota
Hughes County

August 23, 1927 - October 2, 1950
Killed when he sacrificed himself to delay enemy fire for his section near Wonju, Korea



George Ervine Hannan was born on August 23, 1927 in Mobridge, South Dakota to William Seaton Hannan, Sr, and Dorliska Crandall Hannan. He had two older siblings, a brother, William Seaton Hannan, Jr. and a sister, Gratia F. Hannan Griffith. George attended elementary schools in Aberdeen, Rapid City, and Pierre, South Dakota. He was interested in Boy Scouts, and high school and community bands, in which he played the trumpet. George graduated from Pierre High School in 1945.

Senator Harlan Bushfield appointed George to the United States Military Academy. He attended the USMA Preparatory School at Amherst College, Maryland from 1945 to 1946. Previously, George had met Georgia Ann Banks when her father, Major James Banks, served during WWII with George’s father Lt. Col. William Seaton Hannan, who commanded a prisoner of war camp in the United States. They were married on June 6, 1950, at the West Point Chapel, a day after George graduated from the United States Military Academy. George E. Hannan was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the Signal Corps upon graduation, and was sent to Korea during the summer of 1950 from Fort Lewis, Washington. He was assigned to Section E., 205th Signal Repair Company.

During a fierce battle on October 2, 1950, 2nd Lt. Hannan’s position near Wonju, Korea was nearly overrun, and he sacrificed himself to deliver fire on enemy troops and delayed them sufficiently to permit his section to withdraw. 2nd Lt. George E. Hannan was 23 when he died. For his actions, he received commendations, and will always be remembered in his family’s hearts.



For his leadership and valor, 2nd Lt. George Ervine Hannan, of the 205th Signal Repair Company, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. He also received the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. 2nd Lt. Hannan was buried in the Pierre Cemetery, Pierre, South Dakota, in the spring of 1951.

Evan Fuller and Steven Sweetman, 7th grade, Stanley County Schools, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, respectfully submitted this information. Gratia H. Griffith, older sister of 2nd Lt. George E. Hannan, Hayden, Idaho, provided the information. Profile approval by Gratia H. Griffith.