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SSgt. Joseph L Cook
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Birth: Nov. 14, 1917
Lafayette County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Sep. 19, 1944
Bretagne, France

Joseph L. Cook was the son of Joseph Larrage "J.L." Cook and Ola Mitchell. He received his education by attending Stamps Grammar and High school, Hope High School and Henderson State Teacher's College, after which he was employed by his father.

Cook married Lucy Oleva Copeland in Arkansas. She would remarry after the war.

Cook joined the U.S. Army on 12/23/1940 and received his basic training at Camp Robinson, qualifying as a squad leader. After training, Cook was sent to duty in Alaska as part of the Alaskan Defense Command for seven months. He was then deployed to Europe on 5/24/1943 and participated in the Normandy invasion. He was slightly wounded 6/18/1944 at Normandy, more seriously wounded at St. Lo on 7/30/1944 and was wounded a third time at Brest on 9/17/1944 which resulted in his death at the Evacuation Hospital operating in that city. He was serving with Company "K", 3rd Battalion, 115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division. His company commander was Captain Louis I. Hille.

Staff Sergeant Joseph L. Cook, Sn#20740393, earned the following decorations for his service in World War II:
- Combat Infantryman's Badge
- Bronze Star Medal
- Purple Heart Medal with two oak leaf clusters
- Army Good Conduct Medal
- American Defense Medal
- American Campaign Medal
- European Theater of Operations Campaign Medal with 2 battle stars (Normandy and Northern France campaigns)and arrowhead device
- Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one battle star (Alaska)
- World War II Victory Medal
- Expert Rifle Badge
French Croix du Guerre with silver star arm cord (unit award)
- Normandy Commemorative Medal
Note: Entered the service from Arkansas
Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial
Departement de la Manche
Basse-Normandie, France
Plot: Plot I Row 16 Grave 1
Maintained by: Rick Lawrence
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56349416
SSgt. Joseph L Cook
SSgt. Joseph L Cook
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In honored remembrance of your valiant service and supreme sacrifice for our great Nation and the Allied cause during World War II. May it not have been in vain.
- Rick Lawrence, MSgt., USMC/USAFR (RET)
 Added: Mar. 27, 2013
Your sacrifice for our country will not be forgotten.
- L Lane
 Added: Oct. 30, 2010

 Added: Jul. 23, 2010

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