Hancock, Elzie J, Jr., PFC

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Private 1st Class
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1943-1943, 745, P Co, 4th Raider Bn
Service Years
1942 - 1943

Private 1st Class


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
1157 Henry Avenue, Columbus, Georgia

Casualty Date
Jul 20, 1943
Hostile, Died
Unknown, Not Reported
Solomon Islands
World War II
Location of Interment
Hillcrest Cemetery - Sylvester, Georgia
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Not Specified

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World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA), 000
 Unit Assignments
RTR, MCRD SD4th Raider Bn4th Raider Bn
  1942-1942, 521, 10th Recruit Training Bn
  1942-1943, 745, P Co, 4th Raider Bn
  1943-1943, 745, P Co, 4th Raider Bn
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/New Georgia Group Operation
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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 Bairoko 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.

General Orders: Headquarters, United States Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 519 (December 21, 1943)
Action Date: July 20, 1943
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Private First Class
Company: Company P
Battalion: 4th Marine Raider Battalion
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."
Based on this service record, I believe that we can confidently state that he rates the following awards for WWII:
Silver Star Medal
Purple Heart Medal
Combat Action Ribbon
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal-1 star
World War II Victory Medal
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