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763rd Hanna Cpl. Milton M.

U.S. Army - World War II

Cpl. Milton M. Hanna, Railroad Engineer, served proudly in the U.S. Armys 763rd Railway Battalion which trained in New Orleans and Bucyrus, Ohio before deploying in May 1944 to staging area in England and then to Louvain, Belgium. The retreating German army had destroyed rail lines and railroad infrastructure across Europe. These rail lines were desperately needed to supply Allied Forces engaged in the Battle of the Bulge. The men of the 763rd and other Railway Battalions performed miracles to get trains across Europe moving again. There was not a single operational engine or railcar on the European continent. The 763rd assembled railcars in England and shipped them to France.

German fighters bombed and straffed them as they worked to rebuild the railways. Read about their astonishing accomplishments at the weblink below.