Wednesday, July 6, 2016

SSG Charles E. Hanisko

SSG Charles E. Hanisko was born in 1919 in Excelsior, Pennsylvania to John Stephen and Mable Magdalene (Zartman) Hanisko.  His father had worked as a coal miner and was a laborer at Shamokin Iron and Metal Company in 1940. 

Charles was apparently working as a warehouseman when drafted in February 1942.  After training he was sent to England and assigned to C Company 116th Infantry.  He trained for the amphibious assault with that unit and took part in the D-Day assault.  Charles was already a SSG at that time and when he was wounded by shrapnel in the left elbow on 17 Jun 1944 but remained on duty.  SSG Hanisko was killed in action on 6 Jul 1944.  He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star.

SSG Hanisko is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery

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