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Feb. 18, 1970, of 1610 W. Ruscomb st., HARRY J., husband of Alice M. Lenhart O'Hanlon.  Relatives and friends are invited to funeral Sat., 9 A. M., Dinnien Funeral Home, 5138 N. Broad st. (cor. Duncannon ave.).  High Requiem Mass, Holy Child Church, 10 A. M.  Int. SS. Peter and Paul Cem.  Friends may call Fri. eve.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society."

[The Philadelphia Inquirer; Friday morning, February 20, 1970, Page 18:]

Harry J. O'Hanlon enlisted in the Army on March 13, 1943 and volunteered for parachutist duty. After completion of jump school where he earned his wings for successful completion of the requisite 5 jumps "from an aircraft in flight", he was shipped overseas on 13 May 1944.

Arriving in England, he was assigned to the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment and remained in the regiment throughout WW-II achieving the rank of staff sergeant before war's end. He subsequently was promoted to Sergeant First Class.

Classed as an expert on the Light Machine Gun, he served as an LMG Platoon Sergeant.

He participated in the jump into Normandy on D-Day (6 June '44) as well as into Holland for Operation Market-Garden (17 Sep ‘44). He also was in the Battle of The Bulge (Dec '44-Jan '45) where he was wounded on 23 Jan '45.

Amongst his many military decorations, Harry was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Achievement against the enemy, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four bronze service stars (Normandy, Central Europe, Ardennes-Alsace , Rhineland campaigns) and one invasion arrowhead (Normandy). He also received the Distinguished Unit Citation as well as the French Fourragére and Belgian Fourragére.

Grave marker for Harry J. O'Hanlon at Plot: 9-37-124 in the  Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery , Springfield (Delaware County), Pennsylvania

(photo courtesy David Green)






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