Eugene Scott HancockHospital Corpsman 2nd Class
INDIA CO, 3RD BN, 7TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Navy
02 June 1946 - 24 February 1969
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The database page for Eugene Scott Hancock
An heroic Corpsman. There are some men out there who are very grateful for your sacrifices.
My name is Carol H. Long. I am a Marine veteran of Viet Nam - 3rd MarDiv - Phu Bai and north to the DMZ. Scott was my first cousin.
I live because I was a lucky one. Scott actually joined the Navy to stay away from the combat. His brother, Robert, was a Marine - we survived - Scott did not. Robert and I both are haunted by that ... this is certain - my cousin is more Marine than he will ever know ... he is in Heaven guarding the gates just like any other Marine will be doing. I look forward to seeing him!! Semper Fi!!
Carol H. Long Jr.
My name is Janice Kessler. Scott was my brother. I love and miss him very much. Scott's mother and father are both dead, however his brother Robert and myself survive him. I would like to hear from anyone who knew Scott, served with him or was with him when he died. Scott was only in Vietnam 11 (eleven) days when he was killed. Although he was only there a short period of time, he surely made friends. He did not believe in the killing but he did believe in saving lives. He was killed in action performing his duty while he tried to save his fellow Marines' lives. I have his medals and they are a reminder of just how wonderful and special he was. We fly the flag we were given at his burial each and every Memorial Day and we fly it proudly.
From his sister,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe following entry is taken from the 3/7 Marines' Command Chronology for February 1969:
"At the same time that Co L and Co M were in contact with NVA forces, Co I and Co K were engaging a substantial NVA unit in vicinity of La Chau (2). This action commenced at 1945 on 23 February 1965 when a squad ambush from Co I, 3/7 became heavily engaged with a large enemy force in vicinity AT945625. This squad regrouped with the remainder of the platoon and through the use of supporting arms held their position through the night.
Ten Marines and two Navy Corpsmen were killed in the action at La Chou (2):
"You guys are the Marine's doctors -
There's none better in the business than a Navy Corpsman ..."
-- Lieutenant General "Chesty" Puller --
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 28 Nov 2005
Last updated 06/06/2007