Nicholas Hannibal, Jr.
B Division
USS West Virginia

Nicholas "Nick" Hannibal, Jr., Lieutenant Colonel, born March 31, 1917, and attended elementary and high school in New York City. Enlisted in the USN May 7, 1934, in Brooklyn, NY and attended boot camp in Norfolk, VA. Assigned to USS Langley then transferred to USS West Virgina, after passing through the Panama Canal in September 1934, and assigned to "B" Div.

Left the West Virginia in January 1938 and was discharged as fireman 1/c at Brooklyn Navy Yard on Feb. 24, 1938. The Navy required that you possess a full bag of clothing at discharge and after deductions for completing a full bag was paid 99 cents. Fortunately, subway fare home was only 5 cents. In July 1942 clothing no longer fit so joined the USAAC and was commissioned 2nd lieutenant bombardier in 1944.

In 1947 converted to USAF. He obtained BS degree from Troy State University, AL. Hannibal flew 138 combat missions in Vietnam. His military decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal w/6 OLCs and Meritorious Service Medal. Retired from the USAF in 1973 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Married Eleanor Lynch in November 1939 in New York City. They have three sons and seven grandchildren. Since retirement operating a home building company in Fair Oaks Ranch, TX.

Reprinted with permission from Turner Publishing

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