Captain Burton S. Hanson Jr., Commanding Officer of the USS TIDEWATER (AD-31) graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in the Class of 1930. His first tour of duty after graduation was in the Cruiser CHESTER, followed by tours in four destroyers and the battleship COLORADO. During World War II he served on the staff of Battleship Division TWO, Fleet Admiral Halsey’s South Pacific Theater Staff, and the staff of Commander THIRD Amphibious Force in the Pacific Area. During this time he participated in the South Pacific and Philippines assaults. Following World War II he received orders to the Strategic Plans section of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D. C. This duty was followed by an assignment to the staff of Commander in Chief, U. S. Naval Forces Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean in London, England. At the out-break of hostilities in Korea he was ordered to command and recommission USS CAPRICORNUS (AKA-57). Prior his present duty as Commanding Officer of the TIDEWATER, Captain Hanson was the Director of the Plans and Policy Control Division of the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, D. C.
Captain Hanson is married to the former Margaret Fair Gillen of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They have one child, Elisabeth Fall Hanson, who is presently a Lieutenant Junior grade in the WAVES