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Services for Joseph S. Hammang, 84, of Arlington who died February 22, 1994 at the Thomas Fitzgerald Veterans Home in Omaha were Saturday, February 26 at Arlington Community Church in Arlington.
Military graveside services were conducted by members of the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post No. 8332 and American legion Post No. 71 of Arlington.
Joseph S. Hammang was born December 9, 1909 in rural Arlington. He grew up at Arlington and lived there most of his life. He worked for area farmers most of his life.
He worked for the Chicago North Western Railroad doing bridge construction before entering the United States Army during World War II. He served in the 53rd Armored Infantry Battalion attached to Gen. Patton’s Army. He served in Algeria, French Morocco, Northern France and Germany.
He also participated in the D-Day landing at Normandy where he was wounded. He recuperated in England and then rejoined his battalion in France and participated in the Battle of the Bulge.
He received the Combat Infantryman Badge and many other unit badges, the Purple Heart with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster.
After a disabling stroke he lived at the Nebraska Veterans Home at Norfolk for seven years and then transferred to the Thomas Fitzgerald Veterans Home.
He was a member of the Arlington Community Church, V.F.W. Post No. 8332 and the American Legion Post No. 71, all of Arlington. He was a life member of the Order of Purple Heart Association and Disable American Veterans, General MacArthur Chapter No. 2.
He married Joyce Hart November 10, 1974 at Fremont.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Myrtle Bryce Hammang; brothers, Arthur Hammang and Burt Hammang and a sister, Genevieve Hammang.
His is survived by his wife, Joyce; two step-sons, Mark Hart of Fremont and Mike Hart of Topeka, Kansas; two step-daughters, Lonnie (Mrs. Lonnie) Yockers of Bartlesville, Oklahoma and Michelle (Mrs. Doyle) Reed of Concordia, Kansas; a brother, Warren Hammang of Fremont; two sisters, Loretta Miller of Omaha and Etta Belle Davis of Hopkins, Minnesota; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Laverne Oermann, Mark Hart, August Lallman, Raymond Hansen, Charles House and Larry Voss.
Ruby House was organist, Melvin Misfeldt was soloist.
Memorials may be directed to the Arlington Community Church or the Arlington Rescue Squad.
Reckmeyer-Moser Funeral Home in Arlington was in charge of arrangements.
~~~Obituary courtesy of Washington County Genealogical Association; newspaper clippings on file at the Public Library, Blair, Nebraska