Alum '40 the focus of Huffington Post column about World War II service

Alum Charles Hangsterfer '40 was the focus of a piece published by the Huffington Post. The article focused on his service in World War II, also highlighting his days as a civilian after the war.

From the Huffington Post:

First, let me say this about my military service: when I graduated from Gettysburg College in June 1940, I received a commission in the Army as 2nd Lt. The "Great Depression" was still on, so I went on active duty in the army with the 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division in July 1940 at Fort Jay, Governor's Island, NY. I stayed with the 16th infantry until 1945, during this period I saw combat in North Africa, landed near Oran, Tunisia, Sicily, Normandy (Omaha beach on D-Day) France, Belgium, and Germany.

I was Regimental Headquarters Company Commander as well as Regimental Communication Officer in Algeria, and Tunis. Then I was a Battalion Adjutant and Battalion Headquarters Company Commander until after the Battle of the Bulge. When the war ended in 1945, I went back to civilian life but stayed in the Army Reserves until 1970 when I retired as a Colonel. My assignments in the reserves were: Battalion Commander, Division G3 (plan and training officer) and Brigade Commander.


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