CW4 James S. Hanson, CW4 was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 02/25/2021 at the age of 73.4
Henderson, TN
Flight Classes 67-17 and 67-15
Date of Birth 10/03/1947
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with A/4 AVN 4 INF in 67-68, D/1/10 CAV in 68, 173 AHC in 71-72
Call signs in Vietnam SHAMROCK 47, ROBINHOOD 20
This information was provided by Lyle Borders

More detail on this person: Henderson, TN: Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 James Strickland Hanson, age 73, passed away February 25, 2021, at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. He was born October 3, 1947, in Birmingham, AL, the son of the late James Neely and Dorothy Jane Strickland Hanson. Following in his father's military footsteps, Jim volunteered for the U.S. Army at age 17 and then became a helicopter pilot. While training at Fort Wolters, TX, he met his future bride, Mary Ann Braly. Jim flew two combat tours in Vietnam, where he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was a Master Aviator who also completed tours in the Panama Canal Zone, Central and South America, and South Korea. After 22 years of active duty service, he retired from the Army and became an instructor pilot at Fort Rucker, AL. He later flew as a defense contractor in the Middle East. He and Mary settled in Chester County in 2006, where they built their dream home and enjoyed a second retirement. Jim was a devoted family man who was adored by his wife, three daughters, and their families. He was also an active member of Bethel Baptist Church and considered its members to be part of his family. Jim regularly attended reunions of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association and the Robin Hoods (173d AHC), maintaining close relationships with his fellow pilots and brothers-in-arms for more than 50 years. Mr. Hanson is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Ann Braly Hanson of Henderson; daughters, Heather Conkle (David) of Fort Bragg, NC, Christen Stasevich (Stephen) of Chesapeake, VA and Mary Beth Howell of Enterprise, AL; nine grandchildren, SGT David Hanson Conkle, Jason Conkle, Mary Kate Stasevich, Emma Howell, Anna Stasevich, Meghan Conkle, James Stasevich, William Howell and JonRyan Strickland Howell; and a brother, Joe Hanson (Teri) of Atlanta, GA. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, March 3rd at Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. David Tull officiating. Burial will follow in Sanford Rodgers Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Bethel Baptist Church 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to one of Jim's favorite charities: Samaritan's Purse (www.samaritanspurse.org) or Army Emergency Relief Fund (www.aerhq.org). From: Lyle Borders Sent: Mar 2, 2021 11:32 AM To: HQ@vhpa.org, Mike Law Subject: Notice Came up on AAAA post. Appears he was a Red Hat & 55 in Flt School. https://www.facebook.com/groups/54593021588/per malink/10158271050056589/ From original post (West Point Center for Oral History) & photos on "view post (below)"... "We are saddened to learn of the death of Jim Hanson and offer our condolences to his family. He served two tours in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot, and flew missions to map parts of Central and South America. Watch him recount stories of his experiences:

Burial information: Sanford Rodgers Cemetery

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