BYRON E. COOKE, LCDR, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: March 26, 1945
Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

1939 Cooke, B LB.jpg

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:

BYRON EBERLE COOKE

MARSHALL, TEXAS

Cookie

His reticence and dry humor are his best qualities. Byron is one of those very quiet persons who seem to be taking in everything but never saying much about it. He hails from Texas, but has spent much time in Wyoming, where he worked on a dude ranch. Perhaps he picked up his silent demeanor in the West. His Navy career began as an enlisted man two years before he entered the Academy. Always at odds with the academic departments, he has defensively developed an uncanny ability for pulling sat with a minimum of effort. It is a very difficult task to make him talk; but once started, he has some good yarns. He is undistinguished mostly because he has never broken the siesta habit.

1 P.O.

Loss

Byron was lost when his TBM-3 Avenger was shot down near Japan on March 26, 1945. The crewman aboard was also lost. He was commanding officer of Torpedo Squadron (VT) 9, flying from USS Yorktown at the time.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Commander Byron E. Cooke, United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Pilot in Torpedo Squadron NINE (VT-9), embarked in U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-10), over Truk Atoll on 16 and 17 February 1944.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 361 (March 1947)
Action Date: February 16 & 17, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Battalion: Torpedo Squadron 9 (VT-9)
Division: U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-10)

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Commander Byron E. Cooke, United States Navy, was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight during World War II.

Action Date: World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Commander Byron E. Cooke, United States Navy, was awarded a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Commanding Officer of Torpedo Squadron NINE (VT-9), embarked in U.S.S. Yorktown, on 19 November 1944.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 348 (March 1946)
Action Date: March 19, 1945
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Torpedo Squadron 9 (VT-9)
Division: U.S.S. Yorktown


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Class of 1939
Byron is one of 75 members of the Class of 1939 in Memorial Hall.
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