John W. W. Cook
Chief Warrant Officer, United States Army
Date of Birth: 12/13/1946
Date of Casualty: 2/29/1968
Home of Record: LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA
Branch of Service: ARMY
Casualty Country: SOUTH VIETNAM
Casualty Province: PLEIKU
E-Mail From: Robert Gladson, February 2005
Thank you, Sir, for the outstanding tribute you have made to our finest men and women who have given their lives in service to all Americans.
Mr. Patterson, I am grateful for all the work you've put into this website. My best friend, John W. W. Cook is buried at Arlington. He was a Warrant Officer and helicopter pilot who was shot down while attempting the rescue of American and RVN troops who were in a real tight spot. The incident is detailed in the book "S.O.G. . . ."
As it happens, my friends name is right next to another John Cook on the Wall. They died the same day. February 29, 1968. As far as I know, they were not related in any way, but it's a strange quirk that two young men with the same name died the same day in Vietnam. I once called Arlington to ask how many John Cooks are buried there (I'd seen bugler John Cook's headstone while locating that of my friend) and they told me that at that time there were about 22.
Just thought you'd like to know for your book
Posted: 12 March 2005