RAYMOND A. HANSEN, CDR, USN
Raymond Hansen '22
Date of birth: March 16, 1899
Date of death: August 9, 1942
From the 1922 Lucky Bag:
His wife was listed as next of kin. It's also possible that he had a son, who was later killed in action as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Air Forces. (Unable to find Raymond Jr.'s middle name, any information about his mother, or any other corroboration.)
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 Storke, and their four children, who live at 2206 Fern Street, Arlington, Virginia.