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GMC Willie Spence Cooley
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Birth: Mar. 25, 1908
Natchitoches Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: Nov. 25, 1945, At Sea

Willie Cooley served on the USS Asheville (PG-21), a gun boat, during World War II. On March 3 of 1942, the ship was engaged by two enemy destroyers and was sunk approximately 300 miles south of Java. All personnel were considered Missing In Action. It was later learned one survivor, FM/2c Fred Brown, was pulled from the water. Brown died, March 1945, in a POW camp in the Celebes, N.E.I., but not before telling the story of what had happened to the Asheville. After the war, a fellow POW reported Brown's tale to the US Navy. November 25, 1945, Willie and his shipmates were officially considered Killed In Action (Buried at Sea).

Born and raised in Gorum, LA, Willie was the son of John Richard Cooley Sr and Katherine Coutee. He was married to Ollie Mae Moore.

Awards: Purple Heart

Family links: 
  John Richard Cooley (1878 - 1947)
  Dolly Katherine Coutee Cooley (1881 - 1967)
  Lonnie Cooley Mitcham (1899 - 1921)*
  Richard John Cooley (1901 - 1967)*
  Galvin Luther Cooley (1904 - 1964)*
  Julius Franklin Cooley (1906 - 1970)*
  Willie Spence Cooley (1908 - 1945)
  Rufus E Cooley (1910 - 1982)*
  Lula Lillian Cooley Wise (1912 - 1998)*
  Houston Henry Cooley (1915 - 2006)*
  Luedia Evelina Cooley Rachal (1917 - 1973)*
  Barney Decator Cooley (1921 - 1990)*
  Bernice Jane Cooley Michiels (1925 - 1995)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Entered the service from California.
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Metro Manila
National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
Maintained by: SandiMH
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56754954
GMC Willie Spence Cooley
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 Added: Aug. 26, 2005

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