From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Lemuel Cooke '39

Date of birth: October 7, 1916

Date of death: May 17, 1950

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:


Lemuel was lost on May 17, 1950 when his "Banshee jet fighter plane plummeted into a marsh near Atlantic City." (Information from July 1950 issue of Shipmate.)

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Unable to find citation for his Distinguished Flying Crosses (listed on gravestone).

Wartime Service

Lem was a member of Fighting Squadron (VF) 17 for at least some portion of the period from October 1943 until he departed in December 1943.

Class of 1939

Lemuel is one of 77 members of the Class of 1939 on Virtual Memorial Hall.