IED injures Crossville Marine

6:29 PM, Jun 29, 2011   |    comments
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Christopher Hancock sustained injuries to his head and had to have both of his knees amputated below the knees.

A Marine from Crossville is recovering at a Germany Intensive Care Unit after sustaining injuries from an improvised explosive device.

Family members do not know the circumstances in which Christopher Hancock, 24, was injured.  His father J.C. Hancock said his son had received injuries to his head, blunt force trauma to his arm and amputations to both of his legs below the knee.

Christopher Hancock was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.  His father, grandfather and mother all served in the Army.

"It's not easy to let go, especially of your child" J.C. Hancock said.  "When he was 16, I was worried about him driving his car.  When he was 18, I was worried about him going to boot camp."

J.C. Hancock talked to his son over the phone on Monday.  He said judging from the conversation he believes his son will recover.

"When I heard him giggle, I heard my kid in there and I knew he was going to be okay," J.C. Hancock said.

Christopher Hancock also has a wife of three years, Danielle Hancock, and a 14-month-old son named Matthew.  Danielle Hancock said her husband had a deep commitment to the military.

"He wanted to serve until they wouldn't let him serve anymore," Danielle Hancock said. 

The Hancocks said they were not sure when Christopher would make his return to the states. 

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