2 Raider Bn
- DATE OF DEATH
17th August 1942
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific,,Honolulu,Hawaii Tablets of the Missing
- ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
born 19.05.1921, Robinette, Logan County, West Virginia, USA
father Andrew Fred Cook (1891-1978)
mother Ina L. Cook (1892-1985)
from Red Jacket,West Virginia
award Navy Cross
KIA Makin Atoll,Gilbert Islands
After the battle Colonel Carlson made arrangements for the raiders killed during the raid to be buried by native islanders, nine remained missing. Carlson figured they'd been shot dead in the surf and washed away. Only after the war would the Marine Corps discover that the nine missing raiders separated from their units at one point or another during the operation had remained alive on the Island after Carlson and the submarines departed for home. These Marines hid among the natives for a month before surrendering on 30 August. They were later executed on Kwajalein Island.
The location of the burials on Makin was located in 1999. The remains of 19 Marines and an Islander were identified. Six Raider families claimed and buried remains privately; the 13 others were interred at Arlington National Ceremony under a full-honors ceremony. Sgt. Cook was one of the executed Marines officially listed as KIA August 19 1943.
DATE OF DEATH:
Last edited by a moderator: