RAIDERS Hancock, Elzie Jackson, Jr.

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 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
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