Hamilton County


Sgt. Orlin L. Hanson




SERVICEMEN WRITE (to Joy Hanson, Editor of the Ellsworth News)

San Diego, Calif.
March 6, 1943

Dear Joy:

Just a line to let you know everything is O.K. except my address on the Ellsworth News. It is Orlin Hanson, Maintenance Co., Marine Barracks No. 37, Camp Elliot, San Diego, Calif.

I’ve got the paper but it goes all over California before I get it; and I hate the delay.

Having lots of rain here. They call it Sunny California but it is all in liquid form now and it all goes down the sewer. Would rather have snow than so much rain.

Hope this finds you all O. K. and not freezing to death or counting the day until spring because it is soon here. So-long.

Orlin Hanson.

My home address: Mr. and Mrs. Orlin Hanson, 1833 National Ave., San Diego, Calif.

Source: Ellsworth News, March 17, 1943

SERVICEMEN WRITE (to Joy Hanson, Editor of the Ellsworth News)

Hawaiian Islands

Dear Joy:

Just a line to let you know all is well here. Am feeling fine and living pretty good. We have a nice camp here, but it isn’t like San Diego was. Guess I was just there too long.

When I left they sure didn’t waste any time letting me get into the thick of it. We were in the Marshalls. Saw a few good days of action and it sure isn’t what they call an easy life. Our main operations were on Roi and Namur Islands, Roi being the island with the airport.

We were fortunate thruout the entire operation. Amphibian tractors sure did a good job. And it isn’t because I’m in the outfit. But they are the things for coral, the coral being what stopped them on Tarawa.

We received lots of mail when we did get it. Some even got their Christmas packages. Received seven copies of The News in one day so had reading material for a couple of days. Letters and news sure are appreciated here.

Tell all hello.

Corp. Orlin L. Hanson

Source: Ellsworth News, April 5, 1944

Orlin LeRoy Hanson was born Aug. 11, 1918 to Thomas Albert and Jenora Cornelia Marcus Hanson. He died Feb. 28, 1985, and is buried in Homewood Cemetery, Ellsworth, IA.

Sgt. Hanson served with the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II.

His Obituary: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - Mar. 1, 1985

Orlin Hanson, 66, of Nevada and former Ellsworth area resident, died yesterday while being flown to Des Moines on the Lifeflight helicopter.

Funeral services will be Saturday, March 2 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ellsworth with the Rev. Harvey Sigurdson officiating. Burial will be at an Ellsworth cemetery with military rites to be given.

He is survived by two children, Micki Zenor of Ames and Rosemary Alsager of Randall, six grandchildren, one brother, Wilmer Hanson, Jewell, two sisters, Mildred Thorngren, Pilot Mound and Margaret Hayes, Radcliffe.

Orrin Hanson was born Aug. 11 1918 at Odin, Minn. the son of Thomas and Jenora Marcus Hanson. He graduated from Ellsworth schools and served in World War II with the Marines.

On May 17, 1942, he married Marina Vallejo at Phoenix. He was the manager of the Ellsworth Turkey plant for several years. He had recently been living in Nevada and served as maintenance supervisor at the Story County Hospital until his retirement in 1983.

He was a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ellsworth and a member of Memorial Lutheran in Nevada. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion. For several years, he served as fire chief at Ellsworth.

Visitation will be this afternoon and this evening at the Becker Funeral Home in Jewell.