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Capt Glenn Richard "Cookie" Cook
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Birth: Sep. 10, 1945
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jul. 17, 1977
Ha Giang, Vietnam

US Air Force Captain Glenn Richard Cook, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Charlotte, NC.

US Air Force Captain Glenn Richard Cook was a member of the Air Force Reserve, CPT Cook served our country until June 17th, 1977 in Lam Dong, South Vietnam. He was 31 years old and was married. It was reported that Glenn died when his plane crashed. His body was not recovered. CPT Cook is on panel 17W, line 100 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

Glenn Richard Cook, Captain, Unit: 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron, Serial Number: 238681818, Date of Birth: 10-Sep-45, Date of Death: 21-Oct-69, City: Charlotte
State: NC. Notes: Captain Cook was a member of the 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron. On October 21, 1969, he was the pilot of a Cessna Skymaster Observation Aircraft (O-2A) on a mission over the juncture of Tuyen Duc, Ninh Thuan and Khanh Provinces in South Vietnam, when his aircraft was shot down by hostile fire. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

Classmate at the "The Citadel", Class of 1967, 9007 South Indian River Drive, Ft. Pierce, FL, 34982. In Memory of our Fallen Classmate. Rick Langdon,

Glenn, we speak of you often, always in words of admiration, gratitude and with great saddness. You were such a fun guy and you/we were so young, too young. Thanks for what you did and know that you are remembered by your classmates. Joseph Keenan, Charleston, SC,

"Cookie," I looked for you for days. I was almost in the trees myself a few times. I was never prouder of the AF than when we were looking for you. We tried our best, but the jungle was just too big and your O-2 too small, I guess. I looked for you on "The Wall" too, but didn't find you till now. Though our time together was short and our friendship just beginning, I have remembered you often. I'm truly sorry we couldn't find you. A Cutie FAC. Jim Karr.

On 21 Oct 1969 Captain Glenn Cook, 21st TASS, and Major John Espenshied, 558th TFS, were aboard an O-2A Cessna observation aircraft controlling an air strike in the hills about 25 miles west of Nha Trang when the aircraft went down. Although the general area of the loss was known where the Provinces of Tuyen Duc, Ninh Thuan and Khanh Hoa meet SAR efforts were unsuccessful and the wreckage was not found. Since there was way of knowing whether the two men had died or were captured, they were listed as Missing In Action. Neither of the two was identified as a prisoner of war, nor were they released with other American POWs in 1973. In December 1988, the Vietnamese "discovered" the remains of an American and returned them to U.S. control on 23 January 1989. On 01 June 1989, the remains were identified as those of John Espenshied. Captain Glenn Cook's remains have not been located. One who remembers,
Richard Riley.

We flew together in VietNam: Glenn Cook was a fine young man and a great pilot. He was lost very early in his life and that was a loss for all of us. He will be remembered always. Bud Leithiser, 1150 S.E. 7th Avenue, Pompano Beach, FL 33060,

He was a Childhood friend and a fellow FAC Pilot: I grew up with Glenn in Charlotte, NC. We were classmates from the 2nd grade thru high school, went to flight school at the same time and both ended up with our first Air Force assignment as Forward Air Controllers in Vietnam 1968. His loss was devastating as we all felt our youth immortality, nothing could hurt us, well, it could and did. May Glenn rest in peace, he did his duty with honor for his country. Denny Scruggs, 946 SW Magnolia Bluff Drive, Palm City, FL 34990.

He also attended and graduated from The Citadel, probably in 1967 or 1968. His father made several trips to Nam at his own expense trying to locate Glenn while he was listed as MIA. Both his father and mother are now deceased. He also had a sister, Janice. Glenn was married and left for Vietnam expecting his first child, one he never knew. Mike Wade.

Captain Cook was a Cutie Forward Air Controller assigned to the 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron at Cam Ranh Bay. He and Major John Lee Espenshied were controlling an air strike 25 miles west of Nha Trang in Ninh Thuan Province South Vietnam when their O-2A S/N 68-10975 disappeared. The cause of the crash could not be determined because the site was not located. They were declared dead on 17 June 1977. Both men were promoted while missing and Captain Cook's remains were never found but the Vietnamese eventually returned Major Espenshied's remains. Captain Cook's name is located at 17W 100 on the Vietnam Memorial.

Captain Glenn Richard Cook, USAF CHARLOTTE - Captain Glenn Richard Cook, U.S. Air Force Forward Air Controller Pilot, 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron, killed in action fighting for his country, Nihn Thuan Province, Republic of Viet Nam, October 21, 1969. Based at Cam Ranh Bay Airbase, he was calling in airstrikes on enemy positions when his 0-2 Skymaster aircraft went down in battle. His remains have never been found. Born September 10, 1945 in Charlotte, the son of Frank and Eleanor Cook, he graduated from Garinger High School in 1963, and the Citadel in 1967. Survivors are his sister Jan Cook Bradley and son Glenn R. Cook, Jr., both of Florida. A memorial service with full military honors will be held in his memory at Sunset Memory Gardens, 8901 Lawyers Rd., Charlotte, at 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Veterans and patriotic citizens are invited.

Published in Charlotte Observer on May 25, 2015

He served with the 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron, 504th Tactical Air Support Group, 7th Air Force.

He was awarded The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, The Good Conduct Medal and The Air Medal with Multiple Oak Leaf Clusters.

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Record added: Jan 12, 2007
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Every year on Veteran's Day I take out my POW bracelet and thank Capt. Glenn Cook for his service to our country... As I place it back in my jewelry box tonight, I pray his memory lives on. I'm thankful for this site, and that I am able to read testimony ...(Read more)
- Ann Sealey
 Added: Nov. 21, 2015

 Added: Jul. 8, 2015
Today we gathered and honored your memory with a service at Sunset Gardens in Mint Hill. Graveside service with full military honors.Classmates from Garinger High School and the Citadel as well as those that served with you in the Air Force. Long overdue ...(Read more)
 Added: May. 31, 2015
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