World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Military Personnel from Pinellas and Polk Counties
World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing
World War II, 1939-1945
A list of U.S. Army servicemen reporter either killed or missing during World War II. This particular page shows servicemen from Pinellas and Polk Counties, Florida. A notable soldier listed in this record is Sergeant John B. Hancock (1913-1944), who was born in Thomasville, Georgia, in 1913, but later migrated to Auburndale, Florida. Hancock managed a Great Atlantic &
Pacific Tea Company (A&
P) store in Haines City until 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.
Is Part Of
Record Group 407, Modern Military Records LICON, Textual Archives Services Division, National Archives at College Park, College Park, Maryland.
Epinal American Cemetery Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.
Pinellas County, Florida
Polk County, Florida
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Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial Project
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