Andrew F. Cook Jr.

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Andrew Fred Cook Jr.
Born(1920-01-02)January 2, 1920
Alpoca, West Virginia
DiedNovember 4, 1942(1942-11-04) (aged 22)
KIA on Guadalcanal
Place of burial
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1938-1942
RankSecond Lieutenant
Battles/warsWorld War II
Battle of Guadalcanal
AwardsNavy Cross
Purple Heart

Andrew Fred Cook Jr. (January 2, 1920 – November 4, 1942) was an officer in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He was killed in action in the Battle of Guadalcanal November 4, 1942, receiving the Navy Cross for gallantry and self-sacrifice in the action in which he died.

Early life and service[edit]

He was the older brother of fellow Navy Cross recipient Dallas Harry Cook. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps September 15, 1938. Cook served in the field from May 10, 1942, and he was promoted to second lieutenant July 14, 1942.

Award citation[edit]


The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Andrew Fred Cook (0-12644), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service while serving with Company A, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on 4 November 1942. While a patrol, actively engaged in seeking out hostile forces in the vicinity of the Mallimbiu River, Second Lieutenant Cook, upon sudden contact with Japanese troops, boldly rushed the crew of an enemy machine gun and was killed while attempting to destroy them. His courageous self-sacrifice contributed materially to the rout and destruction of Japanese forces in that area and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave up his life in the defense of his country. Board Serial: 00232 (Secretary of the Navy, Signed April 23, 1943)


USS Cook (APD-130) and USS Cook (FF-1083) have been named after the brothers.

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topics Biography AND World War II : Arthur E. Loeser, Frank Perconte, George Emerson Conklin, Welton Ralph Abell, César Luis González, Carl W. Weiss, George I. Falgout

Other articles of the topic Biography : Stephen C. Ananian, Willis Ricketts, Jana Sanderson, Abdullah Yahia Yousf Al Shabli, Dragana Dujović, Jasper Goodwill, Carl W. Weiss

Other articles of the topic World War II : George M. Campbell, Doyle Clayton Barnes, George Heyliger, Joseph Williams Vance Jr., Paul G. Baker, Arthur Harvey, Bertram S. Varian Jr.
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  • This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

External links[edit]

  • Andrew F. Cook Jr. at Find a GraveLua error in Module:WikidataCheck at line 23: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (marker gives year of birth 1919)

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