James Erving Hanson

Five City Men at Great Lakes for Boot Camp
Five Eau Claire men are receiving their initial naval indoctrination at the U.S. Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois.

Their recruit training consists of instruction in seamanship, military drill, and general naval procedure. During this period, a series of aptitude tests will be taken by the recruits to determine whether they will be assigned to a Naval Service School or to immediate duty at sea.

When their recruit training is completed, these men will receive a period of leave.

They are James E. Hanson, 18, 110 Elm Street; Arthur W. Radtke, 18, 219 1/2 South Barstow Street; LaVerne J. Whitwam, 18, 1025 Sheridan Road; Ronald T. Thalacker, 18, 606 Cedar Street; and Orlen L. Wik, 17, 612 Bolles Street.


James Erving Hanson, U.S. Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hanson, 110 Elm Street, is spending a leave with his parents, after completing his boot training at Great Lakes, IL. He will next attend radio school.

Private First Class Ralph C. Hanson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe E. Hanson, 110 Elm Street, was killed in action on April 9 somewhere in Germany.

Private First Class Hanson was inducted on May 17, 1943 and went overseas in October 1944. He was serving in the 87th Infantry Division with General Patton's Third Army in Germany. He and other members of his company received the Silver Star for meritorious service in combat recently.

He trained in this country at Camp Stewart, GA and Fort Jackson, SC.

Private First Class Hanson attended Eau Claire High School and was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church. Besides his parents, he is survived by three brothers, Seaman Second Class James Erving Hanson, who is attending radio school in Bainbridge, MD; Howard and Roger, at home.

Memorial services will be held later.