Letter from Kenneth E. Metcalf to Edna P. Hancock (May 3, 1945)
Letter from Metcalf to Hancock (May 3, 1945)
World War II, 1939-1945
A letter from Kenneth E. Metcalf to Edna P. Hancock dated May 3, 1945. In the letter, Metcalf, who was the chaplain of the 179th Infantry Regiment, expresses sympathy for the death of Hancock's husband, Sergeant John B. Hancock (1913-1944), who Killed in Action (KIA) while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. Sgt. Hancock was born in Thomasville, Georgia, in 1913, but later migrated to Auburndale, Florida. Hancock managed a Great Atlantic Pacific Tea Company 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 of 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.
Metcalf, Kenneth E.
Photocopy of original 1-page typewritten letter from Kenneth E. Metcalf to Edna P. Hancock, May 3, 1945: Private Collection of Linda Hughes.
Is Format Of
Digital reproduction of photocopied 1-page typewritten letter from Kenneth E. Metcalf to Edna P. Hancock, May 3, 1945.
Is Part Of
Epinal American Cemetery Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.
1-page typewritten letter on 179th Infantry Regiment letterhead
Originally created by Kenneth E. Metcalf.
Copyright to this resource is held by Linda Hughes and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.
Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial Project
Private Collection of Linda Hughes
GRid=56372799" target="_blank">Sgt John B Hancock." Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&
"Killed in Action." RICHES of Central Florida.
"Letter from Kenneth E. Metcalf to Edna P. Hancock (May 3, 1945)." RICHES of Central Florida.