Stephen G. Hancock, Decorated Marine Sergeant

United States Marine Sergeant Steve Hancock, standing under a garden hose after completing the Chester Road Race on July 4th, 2004. At this time he had already been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but he continued to run as often as he could with his Marine buddies who served with him in Vietnam. On this day he sangĀ  “America the Beautiful” at the beginning of the race. Steve was a decorated Sergeant during the Vietnam War. He was the recipient of a Purple Heart with two stars, a Vietnamese Service Medal with four stars, a National Defense Medal, a Combat Action Ribbon, the Vietnamese Campaign Medal and a Meritorious Unit Citation. He passed away on the evening of August 15, 2006 at the age of 58. His veteran friends continue to run races in his memory and raise money for the cure of pancreatic cancer.