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Bryan and Mary Beth at the 2008 Marine Corps Birthday Ball
Bryan "Bud" Hatten
September 10, 1923-January 17, 2009
United States Marine Corps
World War II - SSgt (1942 - 1946) Solomon Islands, Phillippines, China
Korean Conflict - (1951 - 1952) Korea
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We, in the Pineywoods Detachment, lost a brother and one of our staunchest and most dependable supporters on January 17, 2009, when Bryan Hatten closed his eyes and quietly slipped away from us. He was eighty-five years old.

Bryan Leroy Hatten, or, as he reminded everyone, "Hatten, with two Ts," was not originally from Nacogdoches, but he came and married a Nacogdoches girl, Mary Beth Christian. Together, they created a warm and comfortable home off Appleby-Sand Road close to the High School. He was a charter member of the Pineywoods Detachment, but his contribution was more significant.

In a real sense, Bryan was a fixture. Until his health began to decline, he was present whenever the Detachment assembled, sometimes at the risk of his health. He left the hospital to man the Detachment booth at the 2008 Piney Woods Fair, only to return to the hospital when he finished. At the 2008 Marine Corps Birthday Ball, Bryan had surgery, but again, checked out of the hospital in time to attend with Mary Beth at his side.

Bryan became a Marine in the dark days of World War Two and served in the Pacific in the Solomon Islands and the Philippines. Later, he served in China, and was recalled to active duty for service in Korea. He rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant, and was fiercely proud of his service.

If one visited the Hatten home, it was not uncommon to receive a guided tour of the wonderful memorabilia that he displayed throughout the house as well as in "his room." There, the accumulated mementos of Bryan's long, rewarding life were kept. There was a photo of his childhood home in Hannibal, Missouri. There, too, were certificates, proclamations, and awards.

The Pineywoods Detachment recognized Bryan's contribution when it voted him a well-deserved meritorious Life Membership, presented to him by Commandant Dan Singletary at the Birthday Ball. Bryan received a standing ovation.

Bryan had a quick wit, an intense sense of humor, and a mischievous twinkle in his eye. He is missed for all these things, but more, he is missed because we lost a great friend.