World War II Safe-Conduct Pass
WWII Safe-Conduct Pass
World War II, 1939-1945
A safe-conduct pass from World War II. Safe-conduct passes were used to designate German soldiers who were willing to surrender. Such a soldier was to be treated as a prisoner of war (POW), making him eligible for certain standards of humane treatment as required by the Geneva Conventions of 1929. This particular pass was a belonging of Sergeant John B. Hancock (1913-1944), an American soldier. Hancock born in Thomasville, Georgia, in 1913, but later migrated to Auburndale, Florida. He enlisted in the 45th Infantry Division's 179th Infantry Regiment. Sgt. Hancock served initially in Africa in 1943, until the 45th Infantry Division's participation in Operation Husky for the Allied invasion of Sicily, codenamed Operation Husky. The division then went on to participate in the Allied invasion of Italy, where Sgt. Hancock was injured. He was returned to duty in February of 1944 to tour southern France. On November 1, 1944, Sgt. Hancock went Missing in Action (MIA) after serving in the Allied invasion of Southern France, codenamed Operation Dragoon. He was eventually buried in Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial in Dinozé, France.
Photocopy of original pass: Private Collection of Linda Hughes.
Hancock, John B.
Is Format Of
Digital reproduction of photocopied pass.
Is Part Of
Epinal American Cemetery Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.
Originally published by the U.S. Fifth Army.
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Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial Project
Private Collection of Linda Hughes
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