|Birth: ||Jan. 2, 1919|
|Death: ||Nov. 4, 1942|
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Cook was awarded the Navy Cross and there was a ship named in his honor.
Andrew Fred Cook, Jr. (2 January 1920 4 November 1942) was an officer in the United States Marine Corps during World War II.
Andrew Cook was born 2 January 1920 in Alpoca, West Virginia. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps 15 September 1938, saw service at MCRP Parris Island, Quantico, Guantanamo Bay, and New River.
Serving in the field from 10 May 1942, he was promoted to second lieutenant 14 July 1942. He was killed in action in the Battle of Guadalcanal 4 November 1942, receiving the Navy Cross for gallantry and self-sacrifice in the action in which he gave his life.
The high-speed transport USS Cook (APD-130) was named in honor of Lt. Cook and his brother, Sergeant Dallas H. Cook, USMC, who was also killed in action in 1942.
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 kin 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 (SofN Signed April 23, 1943)
Born: at Alpoca, West Virginia
Home Town: Red Jacket, West Virginia
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Plot: A 586
Created by: Jeff Hall
Record added: Feb 06, 2011
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