Gov. Mary Fallin recognizes Carter C. Hanner Day Oct. 8, 2018
Captain Hanner was killed on October 8, 1918, during WWI and the new American Legion Post 129 in Stillwater honored Carter C. Hanner by naming Post 129 as Carter C. Hanner American Legion Post 129. The American Legion was congressionally chartered in 1919 as a community service organization comprised of wartime veterans; and The American Legion is dedicated to strengthening patriotism by encouraging the values of freedom and democracy, and demonstrating the value of volunteerism and love of country; members of The American Legion throughout Oklahoma promote the patriotism displayed by our founding fathers, by those who have fought to preserve America’s freedom, and by those who continue to defend our liberties; and The American Legion promotes programs that encourage strong families, community involvement and democracy.
Captain Carter C. Hanner was sent to France July 4, 1918, and was killed in action October 8, 1918 in the Meuse-Argonne drive which cracked the German Hindenburg line; and Captain Hanner is buried in the American Cemetery near Romagne, France: Plot C, row 39, 2nd Grave. Carter was a veteran for the Spanish-American conflict, having enlisted in the U.S. volunteers at Guthrie at 19. He was a student at Oklahoma A & M College. His buddies said “Carter was always a soldier at heart”. Lt. Hanner was a training officer in gas mask instruction at Camp Bowie until being sent to France. He was promoted to captain, serving at the front with Company I, 142nd Infantry of the 36th Division. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre by France for gallantry in action. The battleground between the Argonne Forest and the Meuse River was rocky, hilly and thick with trees. German soldiers could conceal themselves and fire upon advancing American Troops. German troops knew this was their last chance to prevent a surrender. They fought bitterly. Many American soldiers were killed. It was while leading a charge against the enemy that Captain Hanner was wounded on Oct 8, just 4 days after he took command of the company and just a little more than a month before Armistice. He died on the battlefield.
It is fitting and proper American Legion Post 129 honors the legacy of Captain Carter C. Hanner and show gratitude to the thousands of veterans our state is blessed to have, many of whom are members of local American Legion post. Post 129 was named the Carter C. Hanner American Legion Post 129 Stillwater when it was organized October 15, 1919. Hanner hall dormitory at A & M College was named in Captain Hanner’s honor.
Mary Fallin, Governor, proclaims October 8, 2018 as “Captain Carter C. Hanner American Legion Post #129 Day” in the State of Oklahoma