World War II Safe-Conduct Pass

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Title

World War II Safe-Conduct Pass

Alternative Title

WWII Safe-Conduct Pass

Subject

World War II, 1939-1945

Description

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.

Source

Photocopy of original pass: Private Collection of Linda Hughes.

Publisher

Date Created

ca. 1941-1944

Contributor

Hancock, John B.
Hughes, Linda

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of photocopied pass.

Is Part Of

Epinal American Cemetery Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

application/pdf

Extent

Medium

1 pass

Language

eng
ger

Type

Text

Coverage

Africa
Italy

Accrual Method

Donation

Audience

Mediator

History Teacher

Provenance

Originally published by the U.S. Fifth Army.

Rights Holder

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Contributing Project

Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial Project

Curator

Bates, Chris
Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

Source Repository

Private Collection of Linda Hughes

External Reference

"GRid=56372799" target="_blank">Sgt John B Hancock." Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&
GRid=56372799.
"Killed in Action." RICHES of Central Florida.
"Letter from John R. Hull to Edna P. Hancock (April 23, 1945)." RICHES of Central Florida.

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