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Mickey Hanneman


Date and Place of Birth: February 25, 1944 Spokane, WA
Date and Place of Death:    September 21, 1968 Dak Lak, South Vietnam
Baseball Experience: College
Position: Pitcher
Rank: Sergeant
Military Unit: D Company, 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division US Army
Area Served: Vietnam

Michael I. Hanneman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Irvin J. Hanneman, was born in Spokane, Washington, on February 25, 1944. He graduated from Gonzaga Preparatory School in 1962 and was a letter winner in baseball, basketball and football. He also attended Columbia Basin College at Pasco, Spokane Community College and Eastern Washington University, where he pitched for the varsity baseball team in 1966 and 1967.

Hanneman entered military service with the army in July 1967. His tour of Vietnam began on July 22, 1968, with D Company, 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division. Sergeant Hanneman was killed by small arms fire in Dak Lak, South Vietnam on September 21, 1968. He was survived by his wife, Claudia, and baby daughter, Spokane. He is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Spokane.

After Hanneman's death, his friend, Dan Kuttner, was there to comfort Claudia. Friendship eventually led to love and the couple married in 1972. Only after they were married did Kuttner tell Claudia that he had promised Mickey that if anything happened, he would take care of her and the baby. Dan and Claudia were married 31 years until his death in August 2003.

In November 1981, Eastern Washington University dedicated physical education facilities on the campus to Hanneman and two other EWU athletes who lost their lives serving their country.

Spokane Spokesman-Review, September 24, 1968
Spokane Daily Chronicle, November 6, 1981
Spokane Spokesman-Review, September 11, 2003

Date Added June 28, 2014

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