Name: James Oliver MC HAN
Birth: 3 DEC 1918 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas
Death: 14 SEP 2009 in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, South Dakota
Change Date: 7 MAR 2010
Texas Birth Index, 1903 - 1997. Unnamed child born 3 December 1918
to Jesse McHan.
U.S. World War Army Enlistment Records, 1938 - 1946. James O. McHan
born 1918 Texas. Resident of Brown County, Texas. Enlisted 4
November 1840 Fort Worth, Texas. Single.
1998, James O. McHan, 6800 Austin Center Boulevard, Austin, Texas
Major James O. McHan in Wall, South Dakota, in 1960 to establish a
Radar Bomb Scoring site on Hurley Butte, 10 miles west of Interior,
South Dakota. Also served as Commander of the American Legion and
President of the PTA. Reassigned to the 11th Radar Bomb Scoring
Squadron at March Air Force Base, California, in April 1965. From
Pennington County Biographies,
Richard McHan, post to GenForum McHan Genealogy Forum, 30 June 2001.
Formerly resident of Austin, Texas. Present address unknown.
Elly McHan, 19 October 2001, post to GenForum McHan Genealogy Forum.
Related to the same McHan family as Richard McHan of Texas --
granddaughter of James McHan. James McHan had three children and
there are seven grandchildren (including Elly) who has lived off and
on in Canada for 17 years.
Intelius public record search 2006. James S. McHann 88, Lyla K.
McHan 87, and Breck D. McHan of Hartford, South Dakota.
Lt. Col. James O. McHan
SIOUX FALLS - Lt. Col. James O. McHan, USAF Ret., died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at Sanford USD Medical Center at the ag e of 90. He was born Dec. 3, 1918, at Brownwood, Texas, to Jesse and Odessa Evans McHan. He was a graduate of Early Hig h School in Brownwood. Col. McHan entered the U.S. Air Force in 1940. He graduated as an enlisted Bombardier in 1941 a t McChord Field, Wash. After declaration of war, he served with the 42nd Bomb Group on submarine patrol off the West Co ast. He was transferred to Salinas, Ecuador in 1942 and flew submarine patrol with the 25th Bomb Squadron. Later he ret urned to Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Ariz., where he served as instructor bombardier until the close of Worl d War II. In 1944, McHan was granted a direct commission to Flight Officer, and a few months later promoted to 2nd Lieu tenant. The next year he was transferred to Recruiting Service and served under the 6th Army in Michigan, Minnesota an d Wisconsin. He attended Navigator Radar School at Mathar AFB, Sacramento, Calif., in 1949 and a year later was assigne d to Biggs AFB, El Paso, Texas. While there with the 97th Bomb Wing, SAC, he served on a Select Combat Crew. Colonel Mc Han performed temporary duty in England, North Africa, Guam and Alaska. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation meda l for service with the 97th Bomb Wing. Lt. Col. McHan amassed some 6,100 plus flying hours as Bombardier, Navigator an d Radar Operator. In January 1960 he was transferred to Los Angeles to command the Radar Bomb Scoring Detachment there . Eight months later the Detachment moved to the Scenic Badlands of South Dakota where he commanded the site for five y ears. Subsequently he assumed command of 11th RBS at March A.F.B. in Riverside, Calif. Following the closure of 11th RB S, his final command was in Hawthorne, Nev. He and his wife, Lyla, retired to Austin, Texas, where he worked for the Te xas Highway Department as a department head in the Right of Way Division. He was a man of deep faith, who with his wife , Lyla, was a life-long member of the Lutheran Church during their 66 years of marriage. He served as a trustee, elder , Board of Education member, and with his wife, was part of a weekly team for 18 years that produced Braille books of t he Bible for overseas ministry. After living in Austin 34 years, he and his wife moved to Hartford, S.D., to live nea r his daughter Pam. He and Lyla presently lived at the Inn On Westport in Sioux Falls. He met his wife, Lyla (Knudson ) in Tacoma, Wash., and they were married in 1943 at Tucson. He and his wife, Lyla, have three children, Pamela Fische r and her husband David, of Hartford, James McHan Jr. and his wife, Loretta of Austin, Texas, and Breck McHan and his w ife, Kathryn, of Onalaska, Wis. He is survived by seven grandchildren, Susan and husband Sgt. Ariel Custodio, Sara an d husband Jason Hanson, Jon and wife Anna Fischer, Lacy and husband Kevin Folsum, Kash McHan, Joshua and wife Megan McH an, and Elizbeth McHan and 10 great-grandchildren. Additionally, he is survived by two sisters, Barbara and June, and o ne brother, W.C. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Odessa McHan; four brothers, LeRoy, Muris, Charle s and Dick; and two sisters, Virginia and Betty. Memorials may be directed to Christ Lutheran Church of Hartford, S.D . Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. CDT today, with the family present from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the George Boom Funera l Home, Sioux Falls. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. CDT Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Christ Lutheran Church in Hartf ord, with Pastor Glen Enright presiding. There will be visitation preceding the service at 10 a.m. Lunch will follow. C olonel McHan will be buried with full military honors at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at Black Hills National Cemeter y near Sturgis, S.D. An online registry is available at www.georgeboom.com
Father: Jessie (Jess) MC HAN b: 14 JUL 1892 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas
Mother: Odessa Virginia EVANS b: 18 SEP 1895 in Brown County, Texas
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