Tributes

This Memorial Page Established by- Jennifer Hansen

This is for my soul mate, my lover and my best friend... There isn't a moment that goes by that
I don't think of you, talk of you kindly, or laugh at memories we shared together. Our son is
the living memory of the love we shared together and I am so thankful he came into our lives.
You always believed in walking with a purpose, with your mind on the mission and your heart
on your sleeve... So I try to honor that each and everyday by living for the positive in life,
looking to make a difference in the lives of others and trying to remember all the time that you
were my one true hero.
The year anniversary is coming up too soon for me to even believe, and I am hoping this
Christmas will be one worth remembering. You had a great way of making the most out of life
and getting people around you to see that there was so much they were capable of, I only
hope Michael and I are proving to be people who can rise above the sadness like you would
have wanted us to. I miss you so much it hurts sometimes, and the nights still feel like a dark
hell without you by my side. But I know that if I ever get lonely, I have three beautiful cats and
an adorable little boy to cuddle with, and trust me, we really did need a king size bed to
accommodate all that !
I love Marine.

xoxoxo Pretty Lady
Staff Sgt. Dennis J. Hansen
United States Army
KIA 05 December 2009, Afghanistan
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31, of Panama City, Fla.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat
Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.; died Dec. 5, at the Landstuhl
Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked
his unit on Dec. 3 with an improvised explosive device in Logar province, Afghanistan.
Served with Corps before joining Army

The Associated Press

Dennis Hansen was determined to dunk a basketball when he was a boy, so he plotted the perfect
strategy: Set up a ladder to slam that ball through the hoop.

He made the shot, but there was just one problem: He didn’t plan for what would happen after the
dunk, so his landing was a bit rough, Pastor Barry Baughman recalled at Hansen’s funeral. But that
desire to excel is something Hansen carried throughout life, Baughman said.

Hansen, 31, of Panama City, Fla., died Dec. 7 at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, of
wounds sustained from a roadside bomb four days earlier in Logar province, Afghanistan. He had
served 8½ years in the Marine Corps before joining the Army and had previously served in Africa,
Kosovo, Japan, Panama, Cuba and Iraq, as well as two tours in Afghanistan.

Hansen was assigned to Fort Drum, N.Y., and lived in Scottsville, N.Y., with his wife, Jennifer, and
their infant son, Michael. Hansen had two other children who live in Texas: 10-year-old Alana and 7-
year-old Gabriel.

His family said in his obituary that he enjoyed fishing, golfing, wrestling and woodworking, and
noted he was an avoid Ohio State University football fan. He also loved animals, pumpkin pie and
coffee, his family said.

“Michael says Hi Daddy!” his wife wrote on his MySpace page in July 2009. “... We think you’re the
best and we cant [sic] wait to see your face again!”