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First Name: James

Last Name: Hamner

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Branch: Army (1784 - present)



Home of Record: Childress County, TX
Middle Name: D.



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Date of Death: 27 March 1945

Rank: Private

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James D. Hamner

   
Engagements:
•  World War II (1941 - 1945)

Biography:

James D. Hamner
Private, U.S. Army

On 27 March 1945, Private James D. Hamner was serving with the 112th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.

On that day, PVT Hamner’s unit was in action against Japanese forces near Norzagaray, Luzon, Philippine Islands and PVT Hamner's platoon was attacking the strong, commanding Japanese positions on the crest of a hill. When an infantryman accompanying an officer far in advance of the main body was wounded, the officer dragged him to partial cover and then engaged the enemy with hand grenades. Seeing that the two men were pinned down within 25 yards of the Japanese machine gun nest, PVT Hamner left his squad and moved toward them. Due to a lack of cover, he was often completely exposed to the enemy, but he was able to locate and kill an enemy machine gunner. Under heavy fire, he crawled forward across an open area in an attempt to save the lives of his 2 comrades until he was killed by a well-camouflaged machine gun. PVT Hamner's selfless sacrifice, courageous actions, and extraordinary heroism that day. at the cost of his life, earned him the U.S. Army's second highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross.

Medals and Awards

Distinguished Service Cross
Purple Heart
Army Good Conduct Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Stars
World War II Victory Medal

Distinguished Service Cross Citation

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private James D. Hamner (ASN: 38060569), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 112th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, in action against enemy forces near Norzagaray, Luzon, Philippine Islands, on 27 March 1945. Private Hamner was a member of a platoon attacking a strong enemy in commanding positions on the crest of a hill. When an enlisted man accompanying an officer far in advance of the main body was wounded, this officer dragged him to partial cover and then engaged the enemy with hand grenades. Observing the two men pinned down by enemy fire within twenty-five yards of the hostile machine gun nest, Private Hamner voluntarily left his squad and moved toward them. Because of the lack of cover, he was forced to expose himself at frequent intervals. He located and killed an enemy machine gunner. In the face of concentrated fire, he continued crawling forward across an open area until he was killed by a camouflaged machine gun. Private Hamner's gallant sacrifice in attempting to save the lives of two comrades exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 131 (June 5, 1945)

Burial

Private James D. Hamner is buried at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines in Plot L, Row 9, Grave 29.


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Honoree ID: 140344   Created by: MHOH

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