Donald Hahn Served on the USS Raton During World War II

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 02/04/2019 - 11:52

Donald Harvey Hahn, World War II Navy Submarine Veteran in the South Pacific, took his final dive on Friday, February 1, 2019 in Saline, Michigan.  He was 94 years old.  Donald was born to Harvey and Hannah Erickson Hahn on April 7, 1924 on a farm just northwest of Polk, Nebraska. 

Don attended Polk Public School and like his father, enlisted in the Navy in 1942.  He met Carmen Carlson while in Navy training and they married March 7, 1945.  Following Don’s honorable discharge from the Navy he and Carmen settled in Seattle, Washington where they raised their two children, Greg and Pam, and were married 27 years.  He was employed at Boeing.  Carmen passed away in 1972.  Don married Lorraine Reynolds in 1974 and they were married 36 years.  After his retirement Don and Lorraine enjoyed many years of travel and the good life near Puget Sound in Washington.  Following Lorraine’s death Don moved to Grand Island, Nebraska in 2011 and then to Saline, Michigan to be near his daughter and her husband, John, who gave him great love and attention.  Greg and his wife, Carole, moved to Saline this past year to be near their father where Greg continued the Cribbage competition he and his dad started decades before.

Don was preceded in death by his wives, Carmen and Lorraine, stepson, Douglas Reynolds and brothers, Doyle, Dick and Delano (Buck).  He is survived by his son, Greg (Carole), daughter, Pam Gilroy (John), both of Saline, Michigan, his stepson,  Richard Reynolds of Coon Rapids, MN, three grandsons and 5 great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his siblings: Dwayne “Shorty” Hahn-Central City, Arlene Swanson-Plymouth, MN., Shirley Shields-New Hope, MN., Dolan Hahn-Polk, NE and Darwin (Cindy) Hahn-Grand Island, Nebraska and many nephews, nieces and friends.   

While Don served on the U.S.S Raton in the South Pacific during World War II, 21 enemy ships were sunk and 4 were badly damaged.  Even after many close calls during his service, he kept an upbeat outlook on life.  We will miss his stories, sense of humor, the Pitch card games, reminiscing and his smile.

Interment is at a later date in the Arborville Cemetery, Polk, Nebraska. To sign Don’s guestbook, to leave a memory, or for directions please visit

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