Jack Hancox was inducted into the U.S. Navy at fort Oglethorpe, Georgia in July of 1943. He completed basic training at the San Diego Naval Training Station and amphibious training at Coronado, California. He was assigned as a radio specialist to a command air support unit and deployed to the European Theater. Hancoxís unit served on various ships in the Pacific Fleet. His job was to maintain radio contact with pilots.
Hancox took part in six major battles: Saipan, Tinian, Guam, Leyte and Luzon, Bataan and Corregidor, and Halmahera. For his service during World War II, he received six battle stars and a presidential unit citation. Hancox was discharged on April 4, 1946, but remained in the Navy Reserves. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War and served for three years as a Chaplain. He retired from the reserves in 1977.
Transcript Number 032
Title: Jack Hancox: Remembering World War II
Interviewee: Jack Hancox
Interviewer: Steven Heffner
Date of Interview: June 11, 2000
Location of Interview: Barbee Branch Library, Oak Island, N.C.
Description: 1 VHS Cassette Tape, sd., col.
Documentation: 1 Typed Transcript
Series: World War II Veteranís Oral History Preservation Project
Series: Voices of Experience