Master Sergeant Ernest Hancock received his Silver Star today from the United States Air Force on the House floor of the Virginia General Assembly.
He was awarded the Silver Star in 1945, but as time passed, he never received it. Today we celebrated Master Sergeant Hancock receiving this award 69 years later.
While serving his country in February 1945 during WWII, Master Sergeant Hancock refused to leave his burning gun turret in a B-17. He shot down three German fighters before being ordered to bail out. With severe burns covering his legs, he was captured and force marched many miles in the cold and snow into a prisoner-of-war camp.
Master Sergeant Ernest Hancock is now 90 years old and currently resides in Prince William County.
Today, we salute and thank Master Sergeant Ernest Hancock for his bravery and dedicated service to our country.
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