Brigadier General Hanneken

HERE IS A PORTRAIT OF ONE OF THE AMERICAN LEADERS ON HAND AS WORLD WAR TWO BROKE OUT FOR THE U.S.____and say HELLO TO MUSTANG AT FIX BAYONETS USMC!!

Fix Bayonets

Hanneken_HHThe number of colorful, legendary figures of the United States Marine Corps is amazing. One of these legends was Herman Henry Hanneken, who hailed from St. Louis, Missouri —born there on 23 June 1893. He enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps in 1914 at the age of 21 and after serving five years attained the rank of sergeant.

The United States invaded the island of Haiti in 1915, ultimately maintaining a military presence there for 19 years. The initial invasion encountered armed resistance by rebel bandits called Cacos under the leadership of Charlemagne Masséna Péralte (1886-1919). For four years, the Marines chased Péralte from one end of Haiti to the other, but by his clever use of mountainous terrain and his popularity among local populations, Péralte was able to elude them. Péralte was much like a ghost: he was everywhere; he was nowhere. The Marines finally concluded that no…

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on September 13, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. That’s my grandfather! He was truly an amazing man and wonderful family man!

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  2. The Marines do have colorful personnel. I love reading about them.

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    • If you check into the other comments, you’ll see that I have given a link to your site to Jackie Saulmon Ramirez for her children’s project. I hope I didn’t over-step any boundaries by doing that. You might wish to contact her, as she left her email address, but I don’t do private emails.

      Thank you for reading this history, Jacqui.

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  3. Some literally breathtaking achievements, there. A remarkable combination of courage and cunning. His plans were audacious, and they were carried through with great efficiency.

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  4. Hey friend, I was just in Staunton ,VA for a big reunion. I just came across this post about a Staunton boy you might like to read about. http://www.newsleader.com/story/news/local/2014/09/12/manch-memorial-quest-gaining-momentum/15530963/

    Smiles,
    Anne

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  5. Is this guy a Marine? Lol He is a good (and factual) American…just like you!

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  6. Little known heroes – wow

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  7. I wanted to know more about Péralte since I knew nothing about U.S. involment in Haiti.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlemagne_P%C3%A9ralte

    The French version is much more detailed.

    http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlemagne_P%C3%A9ralte

    The history of Haiti is so sad and its future is so dim.

    As a footnote…

    I guess the Monroe doctrine was still in effect.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monroe_Doctrine

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    • Your curious mind is always an inspiration and source of information, Pierre. Thank you.

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      • I did not want to tarnish this soldier’s reputation by my comment.

        He was a brave soldier and he did what he was ordered to do.

        There is always two sides to history. I feel so sorry for Haiti. I have to believe karma is true even if I don’t like to believe in it.

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