Late-war ac45 P.38 new in the original box
This pistol was formerly the property of Major General Floyd A. Hansen.
Major General Floyd A. Hansen
General Hansen was born in Washington State on October 22, 1908. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1932, earning a commission as lieutenant in the Field Artillery, and was assigned to the 10thField Artillery at Fort Lewis, Washington. He went on to earn a master's degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1939 and also graduated from the Army's Ordnance Schools at Aberdeen Proving Ground during 1939 and 1940. Before the outbreak of hostilities, he helped design ammunition plants.
During WWII, he served with the 1st Army in Europe, attaining the rank of Colonel and served as the Executive Officer to the Ordnance Officer. He participated in the D-day landings in Normandy, and subsequent operations through France, Belgium, and Germany. After VE Day, he transferred to the Philippines as First Ordnance Officer with the 1st Army under General MacArthur.
After the war, his assignments included the Armed Forces Staff College, a tour with the U.S. Military Mission to Venezuela, and graduated from the National War College in 1954. He also served as supply director in the operations office of the Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics.
He encountered the greatest professional challenge of his career during the initial stages of the Vietnam conflict while serving a Commanding General of the U.S. Army Munitions Command. His achievements are extraordinary from the standpoint that, with only one-third of the plants which existed during the World War II period, ammunition production during the Southeast Asia conflict exceeded the ammunition production of World War II!
His military decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, Army Commendation Ribbon with metal pendant, Croix de Guerre (Belgium) and the Order of Leopold, Degree of Officer (Belgium). He was a recipient of the West Point Scroll and a member of the Ordnance Hall of Fame.
General Hansen retired from active duty in 1967, and died in Arlington, VA, May 24, 1986.