SSG George William Hansen was born 13 Jan 1923 in Sac City, Iowa to Johann Christian Jurgen and Blance Elizabeth (McKim) Hansen. His father was a salesman and a truck driver. George was working in a grocery in 1940 and reported making $75 in 1939.
George went into the army in July 1943. He shipped to England in January 1944 and was assigned to I Company 116th Infantry. PVT Hansen landed with his unit on 6 Jun 1944. On 24 Jun 1944 he was promoted to PFC. On 12 Jul 1944 he was struck by shrapnel in his left eye but remained on duty. George was promoted again on 25 Jul 1944, this time to SGT. Less than a month later he was promoted yet again, to SSG, on 21 Aug 1944. SSG Hansen was killed in action on 30 Aug 1944.
SSG Hansen is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery. Brothers John Jr., Raymond Franklin, and Forest Clayton all served during the war and survived.