|Birth: ||Jan. 3, 1924|
|Death: ||Feb. 7, 1951|
US Marine Corps
Korean War Hero
First Lieutenant Hancock was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in Korea on February 7, 1951
Below Courtesy of Joe Mode (#47164869)
Pohang Guerrilla Hunt
I had been in Korea for about two weeks when we touched combat a little on a patrol around the Pohang/Yongchon area. We were so low on troops when I first got there that I had a staff sergeant for a platoon leader. We went out on patrol and, although I wasn't physically there to see it happen, 1Lt. John Richard Hancock was killed that day on February 7, 1951. We were under fire too that day, but I never even fired a round there. There was nothing to shoot at. That was a common thing at that point because there were snipers among the guerrillas. It was not a big unit we were against, so I never even saw anybody that day.
The North Koreans had came down into South Korea in July of 1950 and some of them were still in the south when MacArthur landed the Marines at Inchon and cut the country in half. The Marines cut the supply line, so the North Koreans that were in South Korea were trapped. They were North Korean regulars who became guerrillas. They were a lot more fierce and dedicated than the Chinese by far. First of all, Korea was their home. They were trapped down south and did so much damage that they put the Marines in to straighten them out and get rid of the guerrillas before they sent us to the so-called “line” up north. This hunt became known as the Pohang Guerrilla Hunt. It lasted about three weeks.
After that first patrol and the death of Lieutenant Hancock (our company commander), we got organized. They put us on trucks and we started off. We didn't know where we were going. Nobody ever told us anything. We just drove down the road for three or four hours until we got shot at, then we all jumped off the truck and started to work. That was the start of the guerrilla hunt, although at that time we didn't know it.
From the memoir of Grant Richard Alexander
Swartz Creek, Michigan -
Korean War Veteran of the United States Marine Corps
Arlington National Cemetery
Created by: Pennsylvania Lady
Record added: Feb 23, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24834110
Added: Feb. 23, 2008