Service Number: 316645
Birth and Early Life:
John Hanna was the son of Saleem “Sam” Hanna and his wife, Lilly Eassa Hanna. The Hannas were Syrian immigrants who lived in West Palm Beach, Florida; John was their second child, born in 1915.
Enlistment and Boot Camp:
Hanna joined the Marines on July 26, 1941, and trained at Parris Island and the Norfolk Navy Yard.
Hanna joined the Marine detachment of the USS Vincennes at New York in early 1942. He saw action in the battle of Midway, and during the landings on Guadalcanal when his cruiser supported the Marine landings and fought off Japanese air attacks on August 7-8.
Date Of Loss:
Private Hanna was killed on the morning of August 9, 1942, when his cruiser was sunk at the battle of Savo Island. His remains were never found.
Next Of Kin:
Father, Mr. S. E. Hanna
Status Of Remains:
Lost at sea