Memorial Services Program for Sergeant John B. Hancock
Memorial Services for Sgt. John Hancock
World War II, 1939-1945
The program for memorial services for Sergeant John B. Hancock (1913-1944) held at the First Baptist Church of Auburndale in Auburndale, Florida. Hancock was born in Thomasville, Georgia, in 1913, but later migrated to Auburndale, Florida, on September 2, 1945. 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 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 1944 in 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 at Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial in Dinozé, France.
Photocopy of original 2-page program, 1945: Private Collection of Linda Hughes.
Is Format Of
Digital reproduction of photocopied 2-page program, 1945
Is Part Of
Epinal American Cemetery Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.
First Baptist Church of Auburndale, Auburndale, Florida
This resource is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.
Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial Project
Private Collection of Linda Hughes
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"Killed in Action." RICHES of Central Florida.
"Letter from John R. Hull to Edna P. Hancock (April 23, 1945)." RICHES of Central Florida.