1942Sculptor Walker Hancock was drafted and served in the U.S. Army as a medic in the Medical Corps.People and Communities, Events & Anniversaries, World Events, Notable People

He was transferred to Washington, DC to design the model for the Air Medal, a commission he had previously won. Upon completion of the design, Hancock was transferred into military intelligence and promoted to First Lieutenant.

After seven months at the Pentagon and a promotion to Captain, he learned of the effort to save European art and artifacts and requested to be transferred to Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA). The officers worked on guidelines for soldiers to work for the protection of European monuments. Hancock was stationed in Paris and Northern Europe and was one of the few officers who found and saved hundreds of caches of fine art in mines, arms dumps, and caves. The integrity and commitment with which Walker Hancock made his contribution matched those with which he made his art.

Erkkila, Barbara H. Village at Lane’s Cove. Ten Pound Island Book Co., 1989. Hancock, Walker, A Sculptor's Fortunes, Cape Ann Historical Association. 1997. Oral history interview with Walker Hancock, 1977 July 22-Aug. 15, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. “Hancock, Capt. Walker K. | Monuments Men and Women | Monuments Men Foundation.” MonumentsMenWomenFnd, https://www.monumentsmenandwomenfnd.org/hancock-capt-walker-k.
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