Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Jason Hanson

Forks, Washington

July 29, 2006

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
21 Marine L/Cpl

3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Twentynine Palms, California

 Killed while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq.

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August 9th & 10th, 2006

From Stephanie 08/13/06:

My 3 sons and I were at one of the overpasses in Sequim when Jason 
Hanson was brought through, on his way to Port Angeles. We were also in 
Port Angeles at the Albertsons store when he was brought by on his way 
to Forks. I have 2 brothers who are in the Marines & my husband is 
active duty Coast Guard (20yrs. in Jan. 2007) - stationed here in Port 
Angeles - I just felt that we needed to be there for Jason - I would 
have wanted someone to do the same for my brothers & my husband. Also, 
trying to teach our 3 sons how we can honor and pay respect to those 
who have sacrificed for us. I have enjoyed looking at many of your 
pictures - the pic. of the coast guard helicopter that flew by for 
Jason Hanson - awesome!

From Melissa R 02/13/07:

Jason was a dear friend of mine, when he went a piece of me went with him, a 
piece of our town went with him. I have one picture of Jason, and a picture 
of my tattoo I got as a tribute to him on my Myspace page.

Peninsula Daily News 08/11/06

Marine's long journey from Iraq to Forks ends in hero's welcome

FORKS -- It was a hero's homecoming, staged in the silence of sadness.

Thursday, hundreds of people lined the streets of Forks to wave flags, yellow ribbons and posters.

All were quiet, as they watched the hearse carrying the body of Marine Lance Cpl. Jason Hanson pass by on its way to burial in the Forks Cemetery, the final leg of his long journey home from Iraq.

Hanson, 21, who grew up in Forks and joined the Marine Corps last year, was laid to rest with a 21-gun salute by a U.S. Marine Corps honor guard and a rendition of taps played by a bugler from Forks.

Hanson's parents, Stephen and Carol Hanson, and his wife, Maria Farias, were presented with folded American flags, one of which had draped Hanson's coffin the entire journey home.

Hanson was killed during combat operations on July 29 in Anbar province, Iraq.

He was the second serviceman from the North Olympic Peninsula to be killed in the Iraq war.

Community salutes Hanson

``Words just can't express how amazing a community this is,'' Forks Mayor Nedra Reed said while awaiting the arrival of Hanson's body at Forks Cemetery on Thursday.

Reed received reports earlier in the day that people had lined the 60 miles of U.S. Highway 101 between Port Angeles and Forks to salute the military motorcade transporting Hanson's body.

Earlier in the week, another military motorcade, which was also greeted with the same kind of crowd, transported Hanson's body from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Harper-Ridgeview Funeral Chapel in Port Angeles.

By the time Hanson's body arrived in Forks, Reed was joined by about 100 members of the community, and representatives of different branches of the armed services.

All watched the motorcade pull into the cemetery.

First in the motorcade was the Forks Old-Fashioned Fourth of July ``Freedom Float'' carrying a banner that read, ``Welcome home Jason, our hero.''

Peninsula Daily News 08/09/06

Hundreds line motorcade route to pay respects to fallen Marine

PORT ANGELES -- Holding flags and holding back tears, they stood on overpasses, street corners and impromptu roadside vigils along U.S. Highway 101.

They gathered Tuesday to honor Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jason Hanson, 21, of Forks, who was killed July 29 while on patrol in Anbar province in Iraq.

Hundreds turned out to watch the somber procession from the Clallam-Jefferson county line to Port Angeles.

Yellow ribbons and mourning

Neil and Cecelia Schouten of Sequim brought their three visiting granddaughters to pay their respects from the South Sequim Avenue overpass.

``We want them to see what it's all about,'' Cecelia said.

Hanson's body was driven in a hearse, with police escorts accompanied by a Marine honor guard and trailed by a procession of motorcyclists.

The procession ended at Harper-Ridgeview Funeral Chapel in Port Angeles.

Staff Sgt. Rick Larsen, an Army National Guard recruiter, helped tie yellow ribbons on the overpass.

``He's a local boy, and there's not enough troop support as there is,'' Larsen said.

``His family needs to know that our hearts and prayers go to him.''

Max McCaleb stood with the others on the overpass with a small U.S. flag tucked into his shirt.

A former Marine with a 24-year-old son serving a second tour as a civilian firefighter in Iraq, McCaleb said he came to honor a fellow Marine, but he has issues with the war and President Bush.

``For me, he died for a cause he had no business dying for,'' McCaleb said.

``We've lost a lot of good ones over there.''

Hanson was a rifleman in the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion based in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

He died when a gasoline truck near a building he was in exploded, causing the building to collapse, his family reported.

Three other Marines were killed in the explosion.

The 2003 Forks High School graduate joined the Marines in May 2005 and left for Iraq last March.

He had just married Maria Farias in Forks before he deployed.

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