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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: February 19, 1919
Date of death: April 29, 1943
Age: 24

Lucky Bag

1941 Cobey LB.jpg

From the 1941 Lucky Bag:


Washington, D.C.

They didn't make 'em big or tough enough in Washington, so the Mighty Mite dropped over with that good natured chip on his shoulder to see if the forty-eight states could produce anyone a good little man couldn't handle. He hasn't had a chance to find out because his sunny nature develops only friends, and he can't help smiling at his own swagger. Even so, he pursues his friendly feuds with such intensity that the biggest of us respect his terrible threats.

He studies enough, but he doesn't let it interfere with the enjoyment of life the development of those mighty muscles, brushing those pearly teeth, and dragging those charming girls.

The Little Man can always see the humorous side. At times he even seems a little "wacky," but behind that gay exterior lurks a determination to succeed that has obtained for him everything he has wanted. Sometimes he gets things the hardest way, but he gets them and makes friends doing it. He will be present when part of '41 pins on wings.

Battalion Gym 4, 3, 2, 1; Track 4; Boat Club 3, 2, 1; Sub Squad 4.

The Class of 1941 was the first of the wartime-accelerated classes, graduating in February 1941.


From Find A Grave:

Elwood Alexander Cobey, Jr. was the son of an officer in the US Navy. In 1936, he received an appointment to the US Naval Academy. He graduated in March of 1941. The graduation, that year, was pushed up from June, to 7 February, 1941, because of the efforts being made to expand the Navy.

On 7 December, 1941, then Ensign E.A. Cobey was aboard the destroyer USS Breese, moored on the dock at Ford Island, in Pearl Harbor. Anti-aircraft fire from the Breese was credited with damaging several Japanese aircraft and at least one midget submarine, but the Breese and it's crew were unharmed.

Newspaper article: Evening Star (Washington, DC), April 30, 1943

Lt. Elwood A. Cobey, Jr., U.S.N., son of Capt. Cobey, of the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics, who lives at 3201 Thirty-third place N.W., was killed in a plane crash yesterday near the Dallas (Tex.) Naval Air Station, the Associated Press reported.

Lt. Cobey was born in Washington in 1919. After attending public schools he went to Sidwell Friends School, where he played on the football team, and then went to the Naval Academy, graduating in 1941. Lt. Cobey served on a destroyer and then was detailed to the Dallas Air Station.

He is survived by his parents and two sisters, the Misses Betty B. Cobey, a senior at Sidwell Friends School, and Margaret B. Cobey, a student at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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