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In Memory of U.S. Marines Private First Class

Barry Andre Hansen

Spearfish, South Dakota, Lawrence County

December 29, 1945 – March 7, 1966

Died Aboard the USS Repose from Wounds Received in Action in Vietnam


Barry Andre Hansen was born December 29, 1945, in Bury St. Edmunds, England, to Raymond and Lillian J. (Spearman) Hansen. His siblings were Ray, twins: Darlene and Darrel, Rita, and Jim. Barry attended Spearfish High School. He graduated in 1964 from Spearfish High School. His interests were reading and the marines. His family members remember him as “A compassionate person [who] loved people, reading, and was always interested in the Marines since he was boy of 9.”

Barry entered the service at Salt Lake City, Utah, on September 11, 1964. He had basic training in San Diego, California, and he was additionally trained for combat. Private First Class Hansen was sent to Vietnam as a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 2nd Platoon, in the Vicinity of Nagi. He wrote home, “If anything should happen to me, I would like it known I was with the best when it happened.”

Private First Class Barry Andre Hansen was wounded in Vicinity of Nagi, Vietnam, while participating in an operation against hostile forces. He died aboard the US Naval Hospital Ship on March 7, 1966. In a letter to Barry’s parents, the captain of US Marine Corps explained what happened to Barry:

On March 4, 1966, Barry, who had served his country in this company for the last eight months, accompanied his platoon into battle near the village of Chau Nhai, Quang Ngai Province, Republic of Vietnam. His assignment as an automatic rifleman in the second platoon placed him among the forward elements of the company. Once the battle was joined, a fierce encounter on the right flank resulted in a number of marine casualties, one of whom was your son. As he moved aggressively against a entrenched enemy position, he was cut down by a burst of fire that wounded him in the left chest, left arm, and in the neck.

Medical attention was given Barry by the unit corpsmen, and he was evacuated by helicopter as expeditiously as possible. The USS Repose is as fine a medical facility as can be found anywhere in the world, but the extent of your son’s injuries precluded their every attempt to save his life. It may comfort you to know that prior to his death Barry received the last rites of his faith from the U. S. Navy Chaplain aboard the Repose. From the time of his initial wounding until his death, Barry was medicated against pain, and you can rest assured that he did not suffer.

Private First Class Hansen’s body was returned to the United States and he was buried with military honors at Evanston, Wyoming. Among the awards Barry Hansen received were the Purple Heart for wounds in action, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Sharp Shooter Badge.


Barry Hansen is currently survived by his mother, Lillian, of Rock Springs, Wyoming; his siblings: Ray, Spearfish; twins, Darlene, Rock Springs, Wyoming, and Darrel, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Rita, Rock Springs, Wyoming; and Jim, Spearfish. His father, Raymond passed away on April 15, 1985.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Allison Syman and Jade Miller, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, on February 9, 2006. Information for this entry was provided by Raymond Hansen, brother of Barry Hansen, Spearfish, SD, and the Vietnam bonus application. Profile approval by Ray Hansen.


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