January 16, 1958 the 3rd Anti-Tank Battalion activated Camp
Hansen, Okinawa. The camp is named for Medal of Honor recipient Private
Dale Merlin Hansen, USMC. Hansen was awarded the Nation's highest
decoration for his gallantry in action at Okinawa on 7 May 1945. He
was killed by a Japanese sniper just four days later - on the first
anniversary of his entrance into the Marine Corps. The action which
brought him the Medal of Honor occurred in the battle for Hill 60 on the
southern part of the island. He was killed on May 11th in the Wana-Dakeshi Ridge fighting.
Born 13 December 1922, at Wisner,
Nebraska, Hansen attended the schools of Cuming County and he helped
out on the family farm, graduating from high school at Wisner in 1940.
became home to the 3rd Marine Division and during the Vietnam
War was used as a transit facility for Marines beginning and ending their
tours in Vietnam. Camp Hansen is 20 miles north of Camp Foster and about
15 miles south of Camp Schwab.
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