RAYMOND A. HANSEN, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Raymond Hansen '22

Date of birth: March 16, 1899

Date of death: August 9, 1942

Age: 43

Lucky Bag

From the 1922 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Photograph courtesy Raymond A. Hansen, Jr. '61.
Photograph courtesy Raymond A. Hansen, Jr. '61.
Photograph courtesy Raymond A. Hansen, Jr. '61.

Raymond was lost when USS Vincennes (CA 44) was sunk early in the morning of August 9, 1942 by Japanese surface forces at the Battle of Savo Island.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He had two sons, Raymond Alfred Hansen, Jr (USNA CLASS 1961) and Louis Storck Hansen my younger brother. He also had two daughters, Dorothea Hansen (Gilligan) and my twin sister, Eleanor Hansen (Nichols). (Information from Raymond Jr. via email on November 6, 2018.)

Biography

From A Log of the Vincennes:

Commander Hansen was born on March 16, 1899, at Madison, Wisconsin. After graduating from high school and attending the University of Wisconsin one year, he entered the service in World War I. He had been a member of the R.O.T.C. at the University. While stationed at Fort Sheridan, he was appointed to the Naval Academy, from which he was graduated in 1922. After completing a course at the Submarine School at New London, Connecticut, he served on board the Idaho until 1925, and then the U.S.S. S-37 from 1926 to 1928. His next service was in charge of the U.S.S. O-3 and the R-11 (1930-32), after which he completed a course of instruction at the Deep Sea Diving School, Washington, D.C.

During 1933-35, Commander Hansen was in charge of the Experimental Diving Unit at the Washington Navy Yard. He then served on board the Arkansas and at the Naval Academy, where he taught French. In 1940, he was assigned to the Vincennes as Damage Control Officer, serving in the Atlantic and the Pacific until reported missing after the Battle of Savo Island. He was commissioned Ensign, June 3, 1922; Lieutenant (jg), July 9, 1925; Lieutenant, February 1, 1926; Lieutenant Commander, July 30, 1937; and Commander, January 3, 1942.

In high school and the university, Commander Hansen was active in debating and dramatics, and he was editor of his high school class book. He was also an accomplished pianist. While in the naval service he assisted in developing the Munson Lung, and he became Executive Officer of the Vincennes when that ship went to the Pacific in 1942. Apparently his naval training was very diversified even to including aviation. He is survived by his wife, the former Virginia Storck, and their four children, who live at 2206 Fern Street, Arlington, Virginia.

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Eugene Elmore '22 was Raymond's roommate, and was also lost in the Battle of Savo Island (while serving aboard USS Quincy (CA 39)). Information from Raymond A. Hansen, Jr. '61 via email on November 6, 2018.


Class of 1922

Raymond is one of 27 members of the Class of 1922 in Memorial Hall.