George Hanselman doesn’t see himself as a hero, nor does he enjoy the spotlight. When he was drafted on the end of the second World War, he feels he was doing his role as an American citizen.
“I just did my job. I did what I was told to do,” said Hanselman, now an Ottowa, Illinois resident.
At 24, the husband and father of three children was drafted into the Army. During the last leg of the war was when Hanselman went to Fort McClellan for training. Hanselman is now remembering the most iconic times of his role in the war – from training, all the way to the surrender of Germany.
“It’s amazing what I saw in that short length of time,” he recalls. “I saw what war was all about. I don’t believe you should go to war until you have to.”
On Dec. 20, 1945, Hanselman was discharged from the Army. He had already moved his family to Ottawa during a break.
After the war, he worked at a glass factory for 52 years. His first wife, Dora Tyler, died in 2003. They had three children, Donna Downey, Norma Day (deceased) and George Hanselman, a Cold War veteran.
Hanselman still marvels at what he experienced during World War II.
"It's amazing what I saw in that short length of time," he said. "I saw what war was all about. I don't believe you should go to war until you have to."
Hanselman married Marge Weihman in 2007. They live in South Ottawa. - Stars and Stripes
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