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Raymond J. Hansen

8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division

Chaplain - Captain, U.S. Army

Entered the Service from:

Wisconsin

Died:

6/11/1944

Grave Location:

Plot F, Row 1, Grave 30

The 8th Infantry Regiment insignia.

Capt. Raymond J. Hansen grew up in Augusta, Wis., and spoke both German and Danish.

M4 Sherman "Hurricane", equipped with deep-wading snorkels, loads onto LST for the trip over to Utah Beach.

Hansen trained with the 8thInfantry Regiment, 4thInfantry Division in Georgia but returned to Wisconsin in August 1943 before deployment. In his hometown, he managed to preside over numerous weddings, thriving in his supportive role in the community. Soon after, he was sent to England with his regiment. As a chaplain in the Army, Hansen was often in the line of fire: helping the wounded, retrieving and burying bodies in temporary graves close to the battlefield. He also conducted religious services and gave confession and absolution to fellow soldiers, an invaluable way to boost morale. On June 6, 1944, Hansen’s regiment landed on Utah Beach. Five days later, Hansen was killed, a month short of his 32ndbirthday.

U.S. Soldiers of the 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, move out over the seawall on Utah Beach after coming ashore.

Awards: Purple Heart

Raymond J. Hansen is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot F, Row 1, Grave 30.