William H Hanvey
Class of 1938
Staff Sergeant U S Army Air Corp
494 Bomb Sq
Entered the Service from: Maryland
Died: December 11, 1945, DNB Schleissheum, Germany
Buried at: Park Height Cemetery, Brunswick, MD
News, January 24, 1946
S/SGT WILLIAM HOWARD HANVEY
Shot by a person whose identity is unknown, Staff Sgt. William H.
Hanvey, of Brunswick, was instantly killed December 12 on the
outskirts of Munich, Germany, where he was stationed with occupation
forces, according to a letter received from his commanding officer,
Major Edward D. Foote, of the 494th Bombardment Squadron, Army Air
The letter was received recently by his mother, Mrs. Grace Harmon,
Brunswick, and confirmed a telegram received sometime ago that Sgt.
Hanvey was dead. It said, "he was shot while returning to camp, from
pass, from a small town on the outskirts of Munich."
Sgt. Hanvey, a native of Brunswick, graduated from Brunswick High
School in 1938 and worked in Washington for a time. He was employed
as a brakeman on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad when he entered
service in February 1943. After basic training, he went overseas in
November 1943, and was in the French and German campaigns of World
War II with the air forces. He went to Munich with occupation forces
after the war ended. An investigation of his death is being made,
Major Foote reported in the letter. The officer said Sgt. Hanvey was
buried in an American cemetery with full military honors. Besides
his mother, he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Margaret Hanvey Chick,
also of Brunswick.
The News, September 28, 1948
The remains of Staff Sgt. William H. Hanvey of Brunswick, who was
killed in Germany on December 11, 1945, will arrive in Brunswick
this afternoon. Military rites will be conducted Thursday afternoon
at the funeral home in Brunswick.
Staff Sgt. Hanvey was found dead of gunshot wounds near the airport
in Schleisshein, Germany, the morning after he had visited
Feldmoching, Germany, on an authorized pass. Responsibility for his
death was not determined.
The deceased, who was 28 years old, had resided at 508 Brunswick
street, Brunswick, and was a member of Brunswick Lodge, No 1136,
F.O.E., and the Brotherhood of Railway Trainman. He was a son of the
late John Hanvey and Mrs. Grace Kerkpatrick Harmon, who survived
along with a sister, Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Chick, at home.
Services will be held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon with
Steadman-Keenan Post No. 96, American Legion, providing pallbearers
and military rites. Interment will be in Park Heights cemetery. C.H.
Feete and Bro. Funeral Directors.