Letter from Kenneth E. Metcalf to Edna P. Hancock (May 3, 1945)

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Title

Letter from Kenneth E. Metcalf to Edna P. Hancock (May 3, 1945)

Alternative Title

Letter from Metcalf to Hancock (May 3, 1945)

Subject

World War II, 1939-1945
Veterans--Florida

Description

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.

Creator

Metcalf, Kenneth E.

Source

Photocopy of original 1-page typewritten letter from Kenneth E. Metcalf to Edna P. Hancock, May 3, 1945: Private Collection of Linda Hughes.

Date Created

1945-05-03

Contributor

Hughes, Linda

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.

Format

image/jpg

Extent

Medium

1-page typewritten letter on 179th Infantry Regiment letterhead

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

France

Accrual Method

Donation

Audience

Mediator

History Teacher
Civics/Government Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by Kenneth E. Metcalf.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by Linda Hughes and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial Project

Curator

Bates, Chris
Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

Source Repository

Private Collection of Linda Hughes

External Reference

"<a href="http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&amp
GRid=56372799" target="_blank">Sgt John B Hancock." Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&amp
GRid=56372799.
"Killed in Action." RICHES of Central Florida.
"Letter from Kenneth E. Metcalf to Edna P. Hancock (May 3, 1945)." RICHES of Central Florida.

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