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Old 10-04-2006, 08:47 PM
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Hans Wiedenhoefer Sr., 84, Fresno, CA

Hans Wiedenhoefer Sr., Athlete, coach, mentor, and former Athletic Director of Fresno City College, Hans Wiedenhoefer, Sr. passed away on Monday morning, September 4, 2006, after a long illness. Born in Karlsruhe, Germany in 1922, Hans was raised in San Francisco, California. As an athlete at Lowell High School and San Jose State College, he excelled in wrestling and football. Hans earned his Master's degree at Stanford University. On December 7, 1941, Hans and San Jose State teammates, along with fellow footballers from Willamette University, were stranded when Pearl Harbor was hit by the Japanese. As the first mainland teams ever to play the University of Hawaii, the two teams were in Honolulu preparing to play a Sunday game when the bombs began to fall. Team members soon were drafted into the Honolulu police and later served as guards with the United States Engineer Corps before a ship was found to bring them home. After returning home, Hans signed up for duty with the U.S. Marines and served on Iwo Jima until the end of the war in the Pacific. Hans began his career in Fresno as line coach for the first Rams football team in 1948, after starting at the Fresno Technical High School campus, later moving to the present Fresno City College campus. He held numerous coaching jobs, many overlapping, including eight years with football, five years with track, nine years with wrestling and 28 years with golf, in addition to 26 years as athletic director until his retirement in 1984. In football, his teams captured six league championships and the 1958 Sequoia Bowl title, compiling a 52-19-4 record in the eight seasons. Among his many coaching awards, Hans was named California JC coach of the year in wrestling in 1959 and 1962. A nationally recognized authority on golf, he kept Ram squads in the forefront of state golf powers. Hans also served a number of years on the California State Athletic Board. At age 47, Hans started fencing classes at FCC and participated in senior fencing tournaments, winning many trophies in his newly acquired sport. He was a cornerstone of Fresno City College athletics for 36 years. Hans served on the President's Council for Physical Fitness, and traveled to Moscow in 1979, on a junket to study East Germany's phenomenal sports program. A year-long Fullbright sabbatical to the Netherlands in 1962 also expanded his knowledge of physical education as a part of the total education process. A world traveler and well read to the extreme, Hans loved history and often gave lectures to history classes at FCC. Hans was preceded in death by his sister, Elsa Wiedenhoefer. He is survived by his two sons and their families, Hans Wiedenhoefer, Jr. and his wife Sheri and daughter Kelsey, and Curt Wiedenhoefer and his wife Dion and their children, Hope, Hanna and Capp; and Hans' long-time best friend and companion, Linda West. A Graveside Service will be held at Belmont Memorial Park, 201 N. Teilman, Fresno, on Friday, September 8, 2006, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Hans Wiedenhoefer Memorial Scholarship Fund at the SCCCD Foundation Office, 1525 E. Weldon Ave., Fresno, CA 93704.
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Old 02-28-2012, 12:52 PM
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What do you know of Hans Wiedenhoefer's WWII service?
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Old 03-01-2012, 04:50 AM
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There is not a lot of information out there about him but I did find this:

Not long after Pulitzer-prize winning photographer Joe Rosenthal shot an iconic photo of soldiers raising the American flag over Iwo Jima in 1945, he snapped another photo. This one showed Marine Hans Wiedenhoefer Sr. standing tall beside the flag, hand resting on the pole, looking out over the island vista.

Wiedenhoefer, who had been a student at San Jose State until he enlisted, was one of the first Marines to come ashore during the assault on Iwo Jima. He would survive the battle and remain in the Pacific until the war ended, returning to his childhood home in San Francisco and to a mother who had been mistakenly informed that he had been killed in action.
Saepe Expertus, Semper Fidelis, Fratres Aeterni, Per Mare, Per Terram
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Old 03-10-2012, 02:07 PM
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I have seen such a photo taken at Iwo Jima of Mr. Wiedenhoefer.
What else can you tell me about his service? Do you know which of the three divisions (3, 4, 5) he was with?
Do you know when he returned to the states after the war? I know he arrived in San Francisco but I don't know the month or even the year (could have been late 1945 or even early 1946).
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This for Coach Wiedenhoefer---mostly guess work. I went to Fresno JC 1957--1958--played Football for the Coach both years--he and Assist. Coaches Slaughter and Haynes--all three were Marine Vets of the near impossible landing in the Pacific in WW2. Good guess that Coach was in the 28th Marines , 5th Marine Division in the Landing at Iwo Jima--the 28th--believe unit in the 2nBn. raised the Flag for Rosenthal's famous picture. Coach Slaughter and Haynes, I think they all 3 made the same landing on Iwo. These three Marines were the reason I joined the Marine Corps and made a career of this world famous Rod and Gun Club. I was then and remain proud of following in the footprints of these three righteous and honorable Gentlemen, Teacher's, Coaches and Marine Warrior Combat Leaders. Thanks, Hand Salute and Semper Fidelis.

Ken Pipes, LtCol.
United States Marine Corps, Retired.
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