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HANTELMANN, Harold E. (Dubuque, IA, April 11, 1910--Dubuque, IA, Nov. 10, 2002). Recipient, Distinguished Servce Cross. A running guard for the University of Iowa football team, Hantelmann won letters in the 1930 and 1931 seasons. Enlisting in the military during WORLD WAR II, he was involved in fighting near Buna, New Guinea in December, 1942.

Nicknamed "Blackie" by his men for his black beard, Hantelmann was the commander of a heavy weapons company. Leading an assault on a fortified Japanese position, he threw hand grenades and fired rifle grenades into a machine gun emplacement. Although wounded in the head by a sniper, he led his soldiers in the successful assault of the enemy position. For his bravery, Hantelmann was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, two Bronze Stars for gallantry, and two Purple Hearts.

Hantelmann left the Army with the rank of colonel. He served with occupation forces in Japan and helped coordinate logistic efforts to bring American servicemen back home.

Information provided by Richard G. Bridges.