Killed in Action
Killed in Action
World War II, 1939-1945
A newspaper obituary announcing that Sergeant John B. Hancock (1913-1944) had been Killed in Action (KIA) while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. Hancock 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 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.
Photocopy of original newspaper obituary, May 1945: Private Collection of Linda Hughes.
Is Format Of
Digital reproduction of photocopied newspaper obituary, May 1945.
Is Part Of
Epinal American Cemetery Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.
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Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial Project
Private Collection of Linda Hughes
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