If you would like to leave a message in this Guestbook, please email me, and I will add your entry to this page.

 If you have comments for the webmaster or personal comments for Ralph that you would rather not leave in the guestbook, email your comments here. 

I came across your web site while doing an internet research on the USS Paricutin AE-18.  I served with Capt. Hanson on the Paricutin .  I was aboard the Paricutin March 1967 to October 1968.  I remember him well – he was a tremendous leader.  I was an EM2 in those days.

Bill Culbertson, LCDR Retired, 9/5/12 08:57 AM

I have been here before and came back again. So mum passed away and is now reunited with Dad in Heaven. They have left this earth after a
beautiful live on earth. That's the way lives goes. Thank you again David for this lovely warm site about two people that are a memory now. In the old days of WWII when they fell in love British singer Vera Lynn sung a pretty song for the fighting man: We'll meet again, don't where, don't know when. And that is the way things go in life.

Peter Zadelaar   7/5/2009 00:57 AM

My thanks to you for chronicling the wonderful service to our country of your father.  It was inspiring to me to learn of his service, professionalism and duty to the Navy and National Defense.  It is interesting to me to see the handoff.  He retired the year I was commissioned from the Air Force Academy.  May God continue to bless him and his wife in heaven, and you and your family for honoring him.

Jim Putnam, Colonel, USAF (ret.), U.S. Air Force Academy '72    9/5/2008 7:06 AM

I regret to inform you (the visitors of this site) that Mrs. Ralph M. Hanson (ie. - Ann Hanson) passed away in December of 2007.  She is now with Dad, awaiting the time when we will all rejoin her.

Dave Hanson   8/22/2008 2:01 PM

I have been here before, this site is so wonderful and tells you how short live is. Every time I visit the site it feels warm and homely. Like coming home. Thank you so much for a piece of family history that I wish I could write about my family. What a beautiful character Mr Hanson was and so well liked, a good sailor and husband and father. Thank you again and I hope that Mrs Hanson is in good health.

M. Zadelaar   8/19/2008 4:01 PM

Your page about your Dad en Mum means so much to me. It shows how fast live goes by. It is the message the site carries. I have looked at the pictures of two very young people getting older. It is beautiful, so lovely and a bit sad. Getting older myself it is like you are at a certain moment in the same league. It again really makes you think about live. I hope mum is still in good health and I am so sad Dad died. Old sailors do not die, they just fade away as any soldier does.
Kindest Regards from Holland.

M. Zadelaar   3/11/2008 1:13 AM

WOW!  What a wonderful tribute to a a father, husband, and naval officer! I can only hope to do something nearly as well for my father someday. 
I came across this by accident, and thankfully so! I just can't say enough...simply outstanding!  WELL DONE!!!   Best wishes!

Steve Wood, Lt Col, USAF (USAFA 1983)  10/26/06 8:50 PM

Dave - I was surfing the Net today, Father's Day, for WWII aircraft pictures when I found your site. Thanks for sharing your Dad's story. We enjoy the freedoms we have today because of the dedication and combined effort of men like your father and many others. It was an honor to read about him. Thanks,

John Boylan,  Clovis, CA. 6/18/06 10:50 PM

I served with your Dad on the USS PARICUTIN (AE-18) in '64 and '65 when he was the Commanding Officer. I was your Dad's first division officer. At that time, I was a young Ensign. He was a positive influence and as a result I stayed in the Naval Reserve for the next twenty years. He and I had some great times on liberty together. I am sorry to hear of his passing. Yours -

Charlie Nier 7/26/05 1:03 AM

David - Regrettably, I never knew your father. I was however enlightened and fascinated reading over your website to him. What a fine record of one's life and adventures. It's both fascinating and a bit awe inspiring to be afforded such a personal look at someone.
Thank you as well for your continued efforts on your various aviation websites. You may not hear it, but theses are a continued source of information for those of us in the industry. Well done sir. Sincerely,

Mike Ferguson  5/4/05 12:00 PM

I served under your dad, Captain Ralph Hanson, Commanding Officer, USS PARICUTIN AE-18. I was on board the Paricutin from 1964 to 1966.
Captain Hanson was a good man. I remember, as a Radioman, aboard the Paricutin, I went down to his ward room to deliver a message to him. I stood at attention and introduced myself, and I had a radio message for him. He told me to stand at ease, then asked me to sit down and join him in a cup of coffee and a smoke. He smoked cigars. I smoked cigarettes. I will never forget having a one-on-one conversation, after delivering the message, with a wonderful man.

Tom Garvie, RM2, USS Paricutin AE-18, (1964-1966) - 3/24/05 1:44 PM

What a wonderful tribute. Great job on the web site. I'm a complete stranger who happened upon this site by accident, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading about such a great American as your dad.

Slimm50 (Tony) - Thursday, 22 May 2003 2:13 PM

Dear David, I am the daughter of Bergene Hanson, son of Ole, Alfred's brother. Recently my cousin Carol Ann Hoffman, Ole Junior's daughter told me about your web site. Thanks for your work. Haven't had time to look at it all yet, but as time permits I know our family will enjoy learning more about the Hanson clan.
I suppose you are aware that Ole Senior's daughter, Adelaide Hanson's, husband Bill Genaust, shot the moving picture of the flag-raising on Iwo Jima. Interesting folks we are descended from. Thanks,

Barb Hanson Haayer - Thursday, 16 Jan 2003 8:35am

I served on the USS Paricutin from June 1960 until August 1961 and Mr Hanson was my engineering division officer. He was a highly respected officer, especially since he took up for his men (snipes) in the engine room. I hardly ever saw him and when I did he was a blur, as he was always in a hurry.

Walter J. Robinson MM3   -  Tue, 08 Oct 2002 1:36pm

Dave, I just read the transcripts of your fathers memorial. It is beautiful. You have done a wonderful tribute. You are a special man. Your dad was a special man.

Chris Saldivar - Sun, 24 Feb 2002 11:24:17

Mr. Hanson, My condolences to you and your family upon the death of your father. I just visited your [his] Web site and wanted to tell you what a wonderful tribute it is and how much I enjoyed viewing it.

Timothy Elizabeth Woodbury
Obituaries & Death Notifications
USNA Alumni Association

Timothy Woodbury timothy.woodbury@USNA.COM   Thu, 7 Feb 2002 09:43:19 -0500

My sincerest sympathies to the Hanson family at the passing of your father/husband/ friend. Your web site will stand as a beautiful memorial to his life. I'm sure he will be greatly missed.
Best regards,
Janis Mayer

Janis Mayer Wed, 06 Feb 2002 17:00:14 -0800

We met the Captain and his lovely wife Ann in the early 70's in Coronado when he (and I) were at Nukie Weaps. He was a very memorable and honorable man, and will be sorely missed. My wife always said Ann was the nicest, friendliest, (and a whole lot of superlatives) person she had met during my Navy career. We were sorry to have read of his passing in the paper today. God Bless you all.

Dan Sauer (and Helen) Sun, 3 Feb 2002 15:21:02 -0800

David, I couldn't connect to your other site, this is for you and your family. We met in McAlester and then again at North Island, Nukie Pac.  Swede and Ann were always wonderful to us and I have never forgot them.  I'm so sorry to hear of Swede passing. He was everything a Naval officer should be. He and Ann were perfect together. We have fond memories of bumper pool. Your Web page is beautiful.

Kathie and Jim Campbell

"K.B. Campbell" Sun, 03 Feb 2002 13:32:48 -0800

David, what a wonderful memorial to your Dad! I do not know how we missed hearing of the birthday salute, we would have added our greetings. But knowing your Dad and Mother has been a real pleasure for us and we will miss him. The "lottery" at the Army-Navy gathering has not run smoothly since he stepped down as organizer.

Linda and John Nichols '43

Linda and John Nichols '43 Sat, 2 Feb 2002 14:35:02 EST

I was blessed with the privilege of knowing Swede and having been touched with his loving spirit. He was one of the finest men I have known and his legacy lives on in his children, grandchildren and those who knew him. Many memories come flooding back of Swede, especially his total love of his family and deep love and devotion for his wife Ann. He once remarked to me that she was the prettiest woman on the outside and most beautiful woman on the inside that he had ever known. His view of life was "another day to excel!" and he lived that motto. To honor the life of Ralph Morgan "Swede" Hanson -

As you sail through life,
Go in peace with love in your heart.
The laughter you hear on the wind is Swede's,
His Spirit sails on within us.

With great admiration and love,
Sue King

"Sue King"  - Tue, 29 Jan 2002 07:26:07 -0800

On January 27, 2002, Ralph M. Hanson passed away at Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, CA.
This website will remain on-line as his memorial.

David Hanson
La Mesa, CA. USA - Monday, January 28, 2002 at 01:14:00 (PDT)

I enjoyed reading about the BOSTON during WWII. I served on board from 7 May '68 to her decommissioning 5 May '70. Made 2 tours to Vietnam where I was the ADCA and acted as a GLO with the spotters on the beach. Did you have a call sign during your NGFS operations? In VN we were "MAULER". Fair Winds to you and yours.

john taylor
jersey city, nj USA - Friday, December 28, 2001 at 10:11:32 (PDT)



CASTELLON, 12001 SPAIN - Friday, October 26, 2001 at 02:06:42 (PDT)

Dear Swede,

Once again, it gives us great pleasure to wish you a very happy birthday. It was a pleasure to see you and Anne last summer during our visit and Paul hopes to visit with you this summer if possible. He will be on the West Coast the 15th through the 22nd of August. We hope this finds you all happy and well. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Becky, Paul, Peter & Kelly

Paul, Becky, Peter & Kelly DeLameter
Myersville, MD USA - Wednesday, June 06, 2001 at 10:25:29 (PDT)

Serviced on the USS Boston from 1962 to 1963 in the Supply Office. Enjoyed reading your web site and learning about the early history. She was quite a ship.

Richard Fret (Dick)
Fort Myers, FL USA - Wednesday, February 28, 2001 at 19:59:39 (PDT)

Captain Hanson... Your son is to be commended for putting the link to your website on USS Boston's Deck Log. I am certain that you will be hearing from many shipmates. I would like to thank you for your thirty years of service to our flag. I served on board Boston from 65 to 68. I have been to a couple of the reunions, and the one thing that sticks out the most is the fact that the pictures of the crew taken in the Pacific in 1944 and '45 are indistinguishable from those taken off the coast of Viet Nam in 1967 and '68, if you disregard the aging of ALL of them now. God Bless you, sir. Doug Marsh, ETR2, USS Boston CAG1, 1964 - 1968

Doug Marsh
Windsor, VT USA - Sunday, February 25, 2001 at 14:46:09 (PDT)

I can finally relive my old Navy days after 30 years, so I am looking for everything I can find on the ships I served in. I served in the Boston CAG1 from 67 to 69 and found your site in the deck log of her web site. She was my most proud duty station (although at the time I didnt know it). I served in 2 tin cans after her (DD778, DD779). Thank you for posting your experiance in the Boston CA69.

M D Doolittle
Nesq, Pa USA - Sunday, February 25, 2001 at 11:35:46 (PDT)

My grandfather served on the USS BOSTON CA-69. After he passed on a year and a half ago I have made it my person mission to find out about the war he never spoke of. Asking him only once what his ship did during the war all he said was " we bombarded small islands". With that I didn't ask hin any more and because of not doing that I live the regret. Coming across your website is the best break I have gotten. I don't know if you knew my grandfather but I thank you anyway for in a way giving me knowlege about the man who I never really knew. ~ Katie Glad

Katie Glad
Apple Valley, MN USA - Saturday, February 24, 2001 at 21:01:08 (PDT)

Was doing a search of the Paricutin AE-18 and came across your web page. I served aboard the Paricutin from Dec 64 - Jan 68. Maybe will see you at the reunion in Sept at San Diego.

Jim Poelstra
Fouke, AR USA - Tuesday, January 16, 2001 at 18:59:33 (PDT)

I'm not a techi. Just wanted to wish you and yours a happy new year.

Mac Mccullough

Columbia, sc USA - Monday, January 15, 2001 at 20:45:09 (PDT)

I'm trying to learn how to contact you. Hope all is well. Received your letter...   good to hear from you. Send a reply when the spirit moves you.  Mac.
Mac Mccullough <>
USA - Monday, July 10, 2000 at 17:11:04 (PDT)

We send you huge happy birthday greetings on the auspicious occassion of your 81st! It was great to see you last Thanksgiving. "Catspaw" was the perfect boat on our recent one month cruise to the Bahamas. No leaks, no malfunctions; so Russ was feeling his four years spent replacing her ballast was worthwhile. We send greetings to all the Hanson clan west of the Mississippi. Love, Jody and Russ
Jody Hanson Snyder <>
Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA - Friday, June 16, 2000 at 12:56:24 (PDT)

Grampa, we wish we could share in the festivities for your 81st birthday. We miss your smile and your gentle, generous nature and even the John Wayne movies you love so much! You're one of my role models, Grampa! Love, Amy and Matt
Amy and Matt Weatherford <explode@cheapovegas>
Arvada, CO USA - Monday, June 12, 2000 at 20:15:57 (PDT)

I'm not very computer literate, so just figured this out!! Just got back from Europe but wanted to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY and many, many more!!
Mary Beth Klauer <MSKlauer@AOL>
San Diego, Ca USA - Monday, June 12, 2000 at 18:18:31 (PDT)

Greetings Swede, Congratulations on reaching your 81st birthday. We hope you have a great day celebrating with your family. Erma and I have always felt fortunate to have relatives and friends like you and Ann. Wishing you all the best. The Schrivers, James, Erma and Family
James Schriver
2879 Barkley Ave, Santa Clara, CA USA - Monday, June 12, 2000 at 11:41:48 (PDT)

Dear "Swede", There are unforgetable people and events. You, Captain "Swede" Hanson definately are an unforgetable person, and as I recall- at times, the breathtaking "event"! (That is- until your special Annapolis sweetheart caught your eye). Eh? A Happy, happy Birthday to you! I hope, on this 81st birthday your day will be filled with humorous, lively, and fun loving family and friends recalling many "memory lane" events and journeys. It's your day after all! With life-time experiences of 81 years and remarkable wisdom, and wit, I join you in wishing another 81 years of Happy Birthdays, plus exceptional adventure and events along the way. All right? I have been a fortunate person "to have been touched by you and Ann". You have enriched by life by knowing you. You both have been wonderful examples of great citizenship-not only for me, but for numerous other folks. Thank you, thank you for all that you are, and for all that you have done! I hope to see you in San Diego in a year or sooner. Again, a happy, happy birthday to you. With Love, Louise
Louise P. Gooden <rgooden@LoisLaw.Com>
Alexandria, VA USA - Sunday, June 11, 2000 at 23:40:50 (PDT)

Dear "Swede", There are unforgetable people and events. You, Captain "Swede" Hanson definately are an unforgetable person, and as I recall- at times, the breathtaking "event"! (That is- until your special Annapolis sweetheart caught your eye). Eh? A Happy, happy Birthday to you! I hope, on this 81st birthday your day will be filled with humorous, lively, and fun loving family and friends recalling many "memory lane" events and journeys. It's your day after all! With life-time experiences of 81 years and remarkable wisdom, and wit, I join you in wishing another 81 years of Happy Birthdays, plus exceptional adventure and events along the way. All right? I have been a fortunate person "to have been touched by you and Ann". You have enriched by life by knowing you. You both have been wonderful examples of great citizenship-not only for me, but for numerous other folks. Thank you, thank you for all that you are, and for all that you have done! I hope to see you in San Diego in a year or sooner. Again, a happy, happy birthday to you. With Love, Louise
Louise P. Gooden <rgooden@LoisLaw.Com>
Alexandria, VA USA - Sunday, June 11, 2000 at 23:37:26 (PDT)

Dear Swede, We're sending happiest birthday greetings for your 81st! We had hoped to see you on our quick trip to San Diego in early June, but it seems as though the older we get we don't get to accomplish all that we plan. Naps! What an exciting and wunnerful 80 years you've experienced. "BRAVO ZULU" from all us Minnesota boys! May you enjoy many more. With love from Severna Park, Kathie and Wally Hankins
Wally and Kathie Hankins <>
USA - Sunday, June 11, 2000 at 21:07:40 (PDT)

Dear Swede: Congratulations on making the grand old age of eighty-one! Here, share my motto: LOVE TO LIVE Today, dear Lord, I'm 80, and there's much I haven't done. I hope, dear Lord, you'll let me live until I'm 81. But then, if I haven't finished all I want to do, Would you please let me stay a while until I'm 82? So many places I want to go, so very much to see. Do you think that I could manage to make it to 83? The world is changing very fast, there is so much in store. I'd like it very much to live until I'm 84. And if by then I'm still alive, I'd like to stay 'til 85! More planes will be in the air, so I would like to stick And see what happens to the world when I turn 86. I know, dear Lord, it's much to ask(and it must be nice in Heaven), But I'd really like to stay here until I'm 87. I know by then I won't be fast, and sometimes I'll be late, But it would be so pleasant to be here at 88. I will have seen so many things and had a wonderful time, So I'm sure that I'd be willing to leave when I'm 89. Just one more thing I'd like to say: Dear Lord, I thank you kindly, But if it's okay with You, I love to live past 90! We hope you have a great celebration Swede. Hang in there and don't let the doctors scare you -- we need you around to work up those pools for a lot more Army/Navy games. Have a wonderful day. Lee & Sheryn Scherer
Lee R. Scherer <>
San Diego, Ca USA - Sunday, June 11, 2000 at 20:28:58 (PDT)

Happy 81st Birthday, Swede! Wish we could be there to help celebrate. What a wonderful,successful and full life you have lived and are still enjoying with family and friends. Hope you enjoy this special day! GO NAVY!! All Our Love,Prayers and Best Wishes, Michael, Teresa, Joshua and Rachel
Michael and Teresa Taylor <ABQTAYLOR@NETZERO.NET>
Albuquerque, NM USA - Sunday, June 11, 2000 at 10:32:24 (PDT)

Happy Birthday Swede- Seems like only yesterday I was living next door to you and Ann but its nearly five years now. This is our birthday month - Joyce celebrates on the 21st, my brother just had his on the 8th, Joyce's sister and son also have June birthdays. So you are in illustrious company. David and Sarah just made us grandparents again with a boy - that's their second and within a couple weeks moved into their first house and he changed jobs, so they're doing well. I'm in semi-retirement while Joyce is still working although retirement for her is very close. Again best wishes from Bob and Joyce Arnold
Bob & Joyce Arnold <>
Rohnert Park, CA USA - Sunday, June 11, 2000 at 07:28:12 (PDT)

Dear Ralph, Happy Birthday! We are thinking of you on your special day. Wish we could be there to help you celebrate. We send our love and best wishes always! Cliff & Gail Benson, David, Kim & Alyssa Benson
Cliff & Gail Benson, David, Kim & Alyssa Benson <>
Sisseton, SD USA - Saturday, June 10, 2000 at 16:52:38 (PDT)

When i reported to the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard as a 1100 Lt.j.g., having just completed 5 1/2yrs of duty in a destroyer and destroyer escort, I began looking for a Sea Daddy - a senior officer of mty own career warfare speciaty. i was beginning my first tour of shore duty and I knew I would need someone who could provide counseling and guidanc to enhance the reputation and image of Desstroymen. I was amazed to learn that in a staff of about 65 officers, there was only one other Destroyerman - Swede Hanson - the Weapons Officer - a full Commander and who had just come from command of a DE, McCoy Reynolds. Iwent to him like a bee to honey. in our two yrs together, I learned more about the real, seagoing Navy even in a shore assignment than any of my previus COs and XOs. Many of the lessons I learned from Swede in those early days of my career guided me throughout the following 25 yrs. I am forever grateful because he made me a better Naval officer. J.D, Nolan, Capt, USN (ret) Also a Big Happy 81st birthday, Swede with all our Best Wishes Joe & Betty
Joe & Betty Nolan <JB2 anchor>
Albuquerque, NM USA - Saturday, June 10, 2000 at 15:13:19 (PDT)

Dad, While Jenny and I can not be there to help you celebrate your birthday and Father's Day, we will most certainly be thinking of you on those days. Throughout my life you have always inspired me to greater efforts, and to never be satisfied with being "just good enough"; you have also set and lived from a straight moral compass that I have always tried to follow in my own life. I am proud and humbled to be your son. Love, Tom
Tom Hanson <>
USA - Saturday, June 10, 2000 at 08:52:32 (PDT)

Happy Birthday, Swede! What a wonderful life you have lived!! After reading your bio, I am all the more convinced that we were brother and sister in a past life. The Hanson side of my family tree also had an Alfred, a Martin, and an Earl Hanson along with the names Aundsdatter and Moe. However, the Iverson side of the family was from Battle Lake, Minn. My hearts desire as a youngster was to own a chicken farm . No one could understand how I even came up with that idea being that we were "city folk" but that hope was always there. Greg was on the maiden voyage of the Ranger to WESPAC and his father was a 1925 graduate of Purdue's Engineering School. And if all of this doesn't convince you that I think of you often, I asked my son-in-law build me a box for a miniature school house but only if he could make it exactly like the one Swede made. Our best wishes to you on this special day. Gratulerer med dagen!  Sue og Greg Hyatt
Sue & Greg Hyatt <>
USA - Saturday, June 10, 2000

Dear Swede, We join in wishing you a very happy and enjoyable 81st birtday! The years seem to quietly slip by for all of us and we know much more about history than future events. I was aware, while in McAlester, that I followed a highly respected and professional officer who operated very effectively--the shoes always felt a bit loose. Our very best to you and Ann, Joe and Jessie Chambliss
Joe and Jessie Chambliss (via daughter Susan Chambliss Spoto) <>
Chula Vista, Ca USA - Friday, June 09, 2000 at 22:14:01 (PDT)

Dear Swede, Here is wishing you the best 81st birthday! We are hoping you get out and do something unexpected and exciting to comemmorate the big day. Fran and Bill Racette are in Atlanta with their oldest son who is not as computer savvy as the rest of the siblings- so hopefully their note will make it through to you too! If not, I want you to know that we have all been talking about you and wish we could all be in San Diego with you. But since we can't - this note will just have to do! Happy Birthday!
Teri and Tom Hall <>
Katy, Tx USA - Friday, June 09, 2000 at 10:37:43 (PDT)

Swede: Happy Birthday and many, many more. I hope you can enjoy it with a rousing game of bumper pool and a Coors, ok a Fresca. You taught me a great deal about how a commander should conduct himself and it served me well. You are a great sailor, patriot, father-in-law, but most of all the greatest grandfather. Our best to Anne and all the family. Have the greatest day!  "A good grade of luck beats all the talent you can muster."
Gary Yarger <>
Hope, id USA - Thursday, June 08, 2000 at 14:59:12 (PDT)

Dear Bus, Orrie and I want to wish you a happy 81st birthday and hundreds of of happy birthday wishes from all over the world. When you use to come with your folks to visit us on the farm, little did we know what the future held in store for you. And when my parents were visiting us in Long Beach and we took them down to the harbor and they were able to go on board the USS Henry Tucker, you made Dad's day. He never forgot that day! Both Orrie and I are in good health, other than arthritis in some of our joints, but that's the 80's. Orrie loves playing cribbage on the computer (I think) (some of the language...I can hear him in the other room). I spend my idle time reading westerns and oil painting and relief carved "paintings". (Mostly cabins in the mountains & forests, some with deer in them). Soon all the family will have a carved picture and then maybe I can sell some. Orvin & Adeline Rollefson ONAR6847727@AOL.COM 1349 N 8th Street Redmond, or 97756
Orvin & Adeline rollefson <ONAR68247727@AOL.COM>
BEND, OR USA - Thursday, June 08, 2000 at 14:20:09 (PDT)

Swede: We have only known you for a short time, but we take great pleasure in wishing you a Happy Birthday on this your 81st. We hope and wish that you enjoy many more birthdays and all the fond memories that go along with them. Lots of love to you and Ann. Dick and Ruth Weatherford
Dick and Ruth Weatherford <>
Huntington Beach, CA USA - Thursday, June 08, 2000 at 10:45:42 (PDT)

Tho we sailed not together the ocean blue, We did S.D. Bay a time or two; And together we've cheered the blue & Gold; And Lost quarters to your chart, times untold. The times we have shared have been a pleasure my friend And to you, Happy Birthday and Best Wishes we send.
John & Linda Nichols <>
USA - Wednesday, June 07, 2000 at 05:53:18 (PDT)

It is a great joy to "find" the Hansons again after far too many years, and to send hearty birthday best wishes on the occasion of your 81st! I pray that you and Ann may have many more happy birthdays and anniversaries in good health!  My time in McCoy Reynolds, so many years ago with CDR Swede Hanson my CO, probably had the biggest impact of all influences on my adult life. Your professionalism, counsel, optimism and leadership encouraged me to consider a career in the Navy. I made that choice, augmented to Regular Navy, and subsequently retired in 1982 after thirty satisfying and rewarding years. Throughout those years it was the sea-going tours that I remember most vividly and fondly, notwithstanding the long separations from family and home, and commands were the absolute best. Happily, I had three commands beginning with Alacrity (MSO-520) then Decatur (DDG-31) (two deployments to Viet Nam/SEAsia) and finally, a DESRON. Of course, interspersed with the best assignments were lots of good staff jobs in Washington; two tours each with OPNAV and the Joint Staff. Retirement came in the fall of 1982 from The National War College where I was XO and Dean of Students. (I was a student there in 1970-'71.)  In the summer of 1956 while assigned to the Staff of COMDESFLOT SIX in Newport, I married Carolyn Milton, the same little sweetheart who came to visit in Hawaii over Easter in 1955. She proved to be a great supportive Navy Wife who coped successfully with long separations and raised our three fine sons during my frequent absences. We celebrate our 44th anniversary in a few days, 10 June. All three boys are happily married and doing well in their chosen careers. Our eldest son, Paul, was commissioned with the USNA Class of '80. He is a  Commander, now stationed at Dam Neck, VA. We get to see him and our three grandchildren more frequently than when they were in Naples, but still not often enough! Chris and Henrietta live in Arlington and Wes and Diana are in nearby Centreville.  We have another dear friend in the San Diego area, and are overdue for a visit there. When we do go to SOCAL, I hope we can have the chance to renew acquaintances with the Hansons, face-to-face.  Again, our congratulations on birthday number 81! Keep up the good work! (Also, WELL DONE to your son, David, for this great web site and the Guestbook idea.)
Sincere Best Wishes Always,
Jack and Carolyn Allen <>
Warrenton VA - Tue, 6 Jun 2000 21:28:01 -0400

Swede, Happy Birthday from Kauai, from your former across-the-court neighbors, the Nekomotos!! Hope you have a great BD celebration for your 81st, and many happy returns. Life is good for us here--I'm still flying, Doris is still in Nursing, our children are doing great--Trudi is in Boulder CO doing some writing, and young Tyler, just 3 years old when we left Neptune Ct, is now a Navy fighter pilot, flying F-18s at NAS Lemoore. All our best to you and Ann--we have great memories of our time in San Diego!! For David--great job on the website!! Aloha, Dave & Doris Nekomoto P.O. Box 123 Lawai, HI 96765 (808)332-7287
Dave & Doris Nekomoto <>
Lawai, HI USA - Monday, June 05, 2000 at 23:59:00 (PDT)

Hi Swede---Happy birthday! I remember the days at NAD when you taught me to play bumper pool. I've played since but needed you to tell me where to shoot! I played better when you were there! Bob thought so much of you and enjoyed the tour of duty in Oklahoma. Sure wish he was here to send his greeting. You were right---he was a diamond in the rough! Hi to Ann and the rest of the family. I would love to see you all again. Eleanor
EleanorJones <>
Wapello, IA USA - Friday, June 02, 2000 at 13:21:20 (PDT)

congratulations on your 81. anne joins me in best wishes and we hope that you have many more. kindest regards to anne and the family. as ever mac
mac mccullough <>
columbia, sc USA - Friday, June 02, 2000 at 13:04:06 (PDT)

My introduction to the Hanson family (Swede, Anne, David) was in Yokosuka, Japan, on USS Henry W. Tucker, DDR-875). Swede had recently taken command (1960), I was the chief Engineer. The ship had just returned to port, the captain had gone ashore to bring Anne and David, a baby in arms, aboard. They were in the wardroom, when as the result of a "Chinese fire drill" in the forward fire room, we lost the electrical load, and the lights went out. I found the captain in the wardroom with his family, and with light provided by my a flashlight, that chief engineers always carried, was introduced to the Hanson family. What a beginning. Swede, you were the best damned destroyer sailor I ever had the privelge to work for. I will never forget the "..shoot Luke, the air is full of quail.." expression, nor the small pen knife carried and constantly carried, to scrape paint from where it didn't belong, your trademarks. God bless you and your wonderful wife Anne who has stood beside you these many years. Muff joins me in sending you the very best of everything you so richly deserve.
George Philipps <>
Annandale, VA USA - Friday, June 02, 2000 at 06:01:37 (PDT)

Happy number 81. Shall be thinking about you and remembering Yokosuka days.
Rosemary Johnson <>
Madison, WI USA - Thursday, June 01, 2000 at 13:50:51 (PDT)

To Swede ...Our heartfelt greetings on your 81st birthday! Our fondest memories of duty in Pearl Harbor were the warm friendships with the greatest Navy family of friends that have lasted all these years...and Swede and Ann top the list. We remember Swede for the huge bunch of keys hanging from his belt which could open anything on the face of the planet!! And more than anything we are grateful for the many purchases he brought back for us from the Far East which we still cherish. Also for his kindness in arranging a conducted tour of the USS Ranger, much to the delight of the Shipyard children. Love you Swede and Ann......Patti and John Slowiak.
John and Patti Slowiak <>
Ashton, Md USA - Wednesday, May 31, 2000 at 09:57:02 (PDT)

We wish to extend Happy Birthday greetings on this special occasion, - your 81st birthday. We wish you well and hope you have many more. We are enjoying this lifecare retirement community in New Jersey, near my daughter, Janet, and family. The two young granddaughters give added excitement. Love, Jim & Betty Neighbours.
Jim & Betty Neighbours
West Caldwell, NJ USA - Tuesday, May 30, 2000 at 17:09:27 (PDT)

Happy Birthday, Swede! Here's hoping you have a great day and a great year. All our best and, as you always say, "Another day to excell!" Love, Becky and Paul, Peter and Kelly
Becky and Paul DeLameter <>
Myersville, MD USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 16:23:43 (PDT)

Happy Birthday, Swede. We hope the day finds you having a good day. We pray the best for you each and every day. Give our love to Ann as well. Best wishes. June and Tommy.
June and Tom Taylor <>
York, PA USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 16:20:31 (PDT)

Hauoli la hanau Captain Hanson. May you have many more aloha nui. Jane Kaai Kreutz and family
kreutz family <>
honolulu, hi USA - Saturday, May 27, 2000 at 13:58:48 (PDT)

Swede and Ann, too: This Web Site is Great. Of course we knew you both are very special. All our Best to you and yours as always. Love, All The Dills
The Dills <>
Cypress Creek, MD USA - Thursday, January 20, 2000 at 08:22:50 (PST)

What a handsome man. No wonder Anne snatched you up so quickly. This is a wonderful site and we're glad that you shared it with us. We're especially lucky to have such wonderful neighbors. Love, Nick and Claire
Nick & Claire Fadden <>
USA - Wednesday, January 05, 2000 at 19:48:51 (PST)

i can't imagine the horrows that the men of any war goes through. on this veterans day, i would like to say that anyone who served in world war 2 in any capacity was a genuine hero. thank you for this web site.
huey tyra <>
USA - Thursday, November 11, 1999 at 08:45:18 (PST)

Congratulations, Capt. Hanson on your distinguished Naval Service. It was good to see that you served on the RANGER during your long service. I was a Naval Aviator, Lt.(jg) aboard Uss ANZIO(CVE-57) and USS BOXER (CV-21). David did an excellent job compiling your Web Page. Lots of memories, eh?
William M. Melvin, DC (retired) <>
Lawrenceburg, TN USA - Thursday, November 04, 1999 at 09:20:16 (PST)

Your daughter, Karen, was telling me about the kind of man you at the "ROOT Reunion"
here in the DC area this evening. "ROOT" refers to our pilot training class. My wife and I
have known Karen since we were stationed in Laredo, Texas in 1969. Your ears should
have been burning today because the love Karen expresses and the pride she displays
about you is remarkable --- what a legacy you have. Smooth seas.
Digger Graves, Colonel (USAF Ret) <>
Sterling, VA USA - Saturday, October 09, 1999 at 20:08:18 (PDT)

Sue and Rog's parents: We have known Swede and Ann since l970 when Sue and Rog lived next door. What a great couple! Swede was Sue's lifeline when Rog was on his ship and continued his kind deeds as long as they lived next door. Ann also was a savior and we have really appreciated this over the years. What a privilege to know them both. Gods Blessings. Donna and Tim in Wisconsin
Donna and Tim Manning <>
USA - Monday, August 02, 1999 at 13:21:21 (PDT)

Mr Hanson, what an amazing web site. You can see how very proud Dave is of you. I hope you are doing well. Chris
Chris (Dave's friend and former neighbor) <>
San Bernadino, CA USA - Sunday, July 11, 1999 at 18:41:15 (PDT)

Congratulations on everything and best wishes from all of my family.
Ben Odom <>
USA - Friday, July 02, 1999 at 13:13:34 (PDT)

Hello Swede, thank you for inviting me to your 80th Birthday Bash!!! This web site must of taken a lot of work, it is incredible! (A labor of LOVE I'd say) It has been a privilege to have you and Ann as neighbors. Thank you for always being there for our family by keeping the keys (you know what I mean). Swede, you are one of the most positive people I know. Oh yes, how could I forget how nice and friendly you & Ann were to us when we moved in. Helping us with our speakers and etc. Thanks for all those wonderful avocados! I wish you and Ann the very best of what life has to offer. I only wish that I would of known you many, years ago. You did good! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A CLASS ACT! I've never been in the military but I salute you and your faithful sidekick for being the wonderful people that you are. :)
Susie Atwell <>
Chula Vista, CA USA - Sunday, June 27, 1999 at 20:41:40 (PDT)

Grandpa, I wish you a joyous 80th birthday! During my teenage years, you were always the generous, wise, funny person I could rely upon! I know I have gained so much from your influence. I miss you! Love, Amy
Amy Yarger <>
Arvada, CO USA - Thursday, June 17, 1999 at 16:17:26 (PDT)

Happy birthday Uncle Bus! Thanks for relating your story. Now it can be added to the family history that you've researched so well. Love,
Jody Hanson Snyder
Fort Lauderdale, FL USA - Monday, June 14, 1999 at 19:43:17 (PDT)

Happy Birthday. Congratulations on this important milestone. May the future bring you health and happiness. It has been such fun to see the pictures and read about your life. Well done!
Tom and June Taylor
York, PA USA - Saturday, June 12, 1999 at 10:22:26 (PDT)

To my hero on his 80th birthday. You are the beacon by which I have guided my life. Your honor, loyalty, tolerance, and generosity are the standards by which I have judged myself and others. "Officer and a gentleman" and all its implications has always meant YOU to me. Today, on the 80th anniversary of your birth, I join your friends and family in honoring the very special man you are. You will always be my hero. I love you. - Your proud and loving daughter, Karen.
Karen Hanson Yarger <>
San Diego, CA USA - Saturday, June 12, 1999 at 09:33:55 (PDT)

On this 80th birthday may you be filled with the joy of family and friends who love and admire you for all your life's accomplishments. Thank you for being the foundation and strength that only a good father can be in raising your wonderful daughter and my friend, Karen. She is a warm, wonderful, intelligent woman because she is a part of you. I thank God every day that she's enriched my life in so many ways. May this 80th birthday bring you all the best life has to offer! Happiest Birthday with love and admiration, Dianne St. John.
Dianne St. John
USA - Friday, June 11, 1999 at 09:57:20 (PDT)

Dear Swede, Congratulations on reaching the big 80. We sure miss seeing you and Anne since we moved East. I hope all is well with you and you enjoy your birthday. We are tentatively planning a trip to the west coast in August. If we make it out, we hope to come by to see you. Paul (Good Morning! Another day to excel!)
Paul DeLameter <>
Myersville, MD USA - Thursday, June 10, 1999 at 12:32:36 (PDT)

Swede and Ann... Thank you BOTH so very much, for your love, your friendship, your patriotism, and your life long service to our country. We love you. Jim and Donna...
Jim Prather <>
Moore, Ok USA - Sunday, June 06, 1999 at 11:53:56 (PDT)

What a wonderful tribute to a great man. The greatest tribute we can have is when our children "rise up and call us blessed." Love to you all from Jim and Mouse in Oklahoma.
Donna (Mouse) Prather <>
Moore, OK USA - Friday, June 04, 1999 at 18:17:56 (PDT)

If you know (or used to know) Captain "Swede" Hanson, please take the time to enter your comments. Thanks!
David Hanson
USA - Wednesday, June 02, 1999 at 16:41:56 (PDT)