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Home Town American Falls, ID
Last Address American Falls, ID
Casualty Date Jun 04, 1942
Cause Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location Pacific Ocean
Conflict World War II
Location of Interment Neeley Cemetery - American Falls, Idaho
Wall/Plot Coordinates (memorial marker)
Last Known Activity
RM2 Louis Dale Hansen and his pilot, ENS John C. Lough, along with other aircraft of Enterprise's (CV-6) air group including Scouting Squadron Six (VS-6) attacked the Japanese carrier striking force at Midway on the morning of 4 June 1942. Their plane failed to return from their mission. First reported as missing in action on 04 Jun 1942, both crewman were presumed dead one year and one day later, 5 Jun 1943.
Service number: 3684916
Distinguished Flying Cross
Awarded for Action During World War II
Rank: Radioman Second Class
Battalion: Scouting Squadron
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 313 (April 1943)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Radioman Second Class Louis Dale Hansen (NSN: 3684916), United States Navy, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Gunner of an airplane in a Scouting Squadron in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Battle of Midway, 4 to 6 June 1942. With heroic and meritorious devotion to duty, he rendered valuable assistance to his pilot by detailing continuous specific and comprehensive information concerning the disposition and movements of enemy Japanese units. His courage and cool determination in carrying out this vital task in the face of furious and repeated attacks were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.