RAIDERS Hancock, Elzie Jackson, Jr.

Odette
By Jerrard Tickell

Craig Robertson

Administrator
Staff member
  • SURNAME
Hancock
  • FORENAME
Elzie Jackson, Jr.
  • UNIT
4th Raider Battalion (Company C)
  • RANK
Private First Class
  • NUMBER
418893
  • DATE OF DEATH
20th July 1943
  • AGE
24
  • GRAVESITE
Hillcrest Cemetery, Sylvester, Georgia, USA
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
resided Columbus, Georgia
born 18.01.1919, Sylvester, Worth County, Georgia
father Elzie Jackson Hancock (1891-1987)
mother Lillie Mae (nee Nelms) Hancock (1894-1951)
01.09.1942 enlisted
Next of kin - Mother, Mrs. Lillie M. Hancock, 1024 Annette Avenue, Columbus, Georgia
KIA Bairoko Harbour, New Georgia, Solomon Islands
posthumous Silver Star
 

DATE OF DEATH:

20-Jul-1943

AWARD:

https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/58348/

CITATION:

Silver Star : The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Army Award) (Posthumously) to Private First Class Elzie J. Hancock, Jr. (MCSN: 418893), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for gallantry in action while serving with the Fourth Marine Raider Battalion at Bairiki Harbor, New Georgia, Solomon Islands on 20 July 1943. Exposing himself to relentless enemy fire with no concern for his own safety he kept the right and left flanks of his company in contact with each other and through times guided them into position for assaults on a Japanese machine gun emplacement that threatened devastating flanking fire on an entire battalion. Private Hancock was killed while leading a charge which silenced the enemy guns.

WEB LINKS:

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/36676

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/102821707/elzie-jackson-hancock

SERVICE HISTORY:

HANCOCK, Elzie J., Jr, PFC 521/745(Rifleman) SN: 418893
Born: 18 Jan 1919 Sylvester, Worth County, Georgia
Enlisted USMCR: 01 Sep 1942 (Home of Record: 1157 Henry Avenue, Columbus, Georgia)
Died: 20 Jul 1943 (KIA, Enogai Harbor, New Georgia Island, British Solomon Islands)
Interred: Hillcrest Cemetery, Sylvester, Worth County, GA (Section , Row , Grave )

10th Recruit Battalion, Recruit Depot, Marine Corps Base, San Diego, CA
Sep 1942 Pvt, 10thRecBn, RDep, MCB, San Diego, CA "1Sep42; 4, jdfr SRD"
Oct 1942 Pvt, 10thRecBn, RDep, MCB, San Diego, CA "28, Intra Reserve; to 4thRaider Bn, Post"

Company C, 4th Raider Battalion, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA
Oct 1942 Pvt, Co C, 4thRdrBn, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA "1Sep42; 28, jdfr 10thRBn, RD, MCB, San Diego"
Jan 1943 PFC, Co C, 4thRdrBn, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA "Det for amph trng fr 20-25Jan43"

Company P, 4th Raider Battalion, 1st Marine Raider Regiment, FMF, In the Field
Apr 1943 PFC, Co P, 4thRdrBn, 1stMarRdrRegt, FMF, In the Field (Espiritu Santo, N.H.)
Jun 1943 PFC, Co P, 4thRdrBn, 1stMarRdrRegt, FMF, In the Field (New Georgia, B.S.I.) "20, emb abd USS WATERS (APD-8) at Tetere, Guadalcanal, B.S.I. and sailed therefrom same date; 21, arr and participated in the occupation of Segi Point, New Georgia, B.S.I.; 27, emb in rubber boats at Segi Point, New Georgia and debarked on 28 at Regi Village, New Georgia; 29-30, participated in the battle at Wickham Anchorage, Viru Harbor, on New Georgia, B.S.I."
Jul 1943 PFC, Co P, 4thRdrBn, 1stMarRdrRegt, FMF, In the Field (New Georgia, B.S.I.) "1Sep42; 1-9, participated in the seizure and occupation of Viru Harbor, New Georgia, B.S.I.; 9, emb and sailed abd LCI#331 at Viru Harbor; 10, arr & disemb at Tetere Point, Guadalcanal, B.S.I.; 17, emb & sailed abd USS MC KEAN at Tetere Point, Guadalcanal, B.S.I.; 18, arr & disemb at Enogai, New Georgia, B.S.I.; 18-20, participated in the occupation of Enogai; 20, KIA while participating in the attack against the enemy at Bairoko Harbor, New Georgia, B.S.I.; GO#20 does not apply, Char Exc.; Remains interred at Enogai Harbor Cemetery, New Georgia, B.S.I.
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