July 5, 1945
(Transcribed as written in letter)
Dear Mrs. Hancock,
It is with deep regret that I write these words of condolence in the midst of your great bereavement, caused by the battlefield death of your husband James W. Hancock who was killed in action in Germany.
On the morning of May4,1945, the first platoon which your husband was a member, was surrounded and attacked by approximately one hundred and fifty enemy troops. Even though outnumbered by five to one, the men fought bravely and James' action and courage was an outstanding example to the platoon. However God in his allseeing wisdom deemed that James' work was finished. He fell beside others of his comrades already fallen. The action of James and the other members of the first platoon contributed materially to the sucessful and final crushing defeat of the enemy in that area.
James' place in the troop can never be filled. His memory will be with us always. To such men as James who made the supreme sacrifice all of us owe a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid. His cooperation and cheerfulness under the most adverse conditions were an inspiration to the troop. I came to know James quite well and feel his loss as a personal one. It will comfort you to know that James was accorded a fitting soldier's burial in a US Military Cemetery #! at Nurnbery Germany by his own Protestant chaplain.
Fritz H. Schulze
1st Lt. Calvary Commanding