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 Robert Frierson Cook, Sr

Robert Frierson Cook, Sr

Birth
Amite, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 22 Nov 1989 (aged 89)
Fabens, El Paso County, Texas, USA
Burial El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 17300131 · View Source
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Child of Albert George Cook, Sr & Ella Frierson
Husband of Maurine Smith
wed 11 May 1926, Texas
Father of Bob, Jr & Joyce

Actually enlisted in Army at age 15 with mother's permission.

1918(or 19) Augusta, (GA) Herald Newspaper

MEDICAL SERGEANT HOLDS HIGH HONOR

When Sergeant Robert F Cook of the Medical Detachment First Group, M.T.D. received his warrant as sergeant first class on the 13th day of August he was officially advised by the surgeon general at Washington, and he has the distinction of being the youngest man holding that rank in the medical department of the Army.
Sergeant Cook is the second son of Mr and Mrs A.G. Cook of Monroe, Louisiana. He enlisted at Jackson Barracks, New Orleans, La. April 14, 1917, when only 16 years of age. He was stationed at Jackson Barracks from that date until December 28, 1917. While at Jackson Barracks he took a 3 months course in nursing and qualified as a trained nurse in the Army. He was made ward master at Jackson Barracks. He was sent from Jackson Barracks to Fort Saint Philip, La. where he took complete charge of the ward at that place. He was made Sergeant two days after he reached 18 years of age. He was sent to Camp Hancock on the 20th day of May, 1918, and after being here for two and one-half months he was made sergeant first class and he is still just 18 years of age. Sergeant Cook has made as good a record, if not better, than the average boy of his age and he is not going to stop going until he gets a commission, which we hope will be soon. Sergeant Cook was born and raised in the state of Louisiana. It has been said that the people of the South are slow, but this is one that is on the job all the time. Sergeant Cook is better known as "Cookie" so if you ever hear the name you will know that they are talking about sergeant Cook.
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Having suffered from mustard gas exposure during the war he was sent to a sanitarium in El Paso, Texas with little hope of survival. It was there that he met Maurine Smith who suffered from tuberculosis, also a resident of the sanitarium. They were a wonderful & devoted couple. My parents-in-law.


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  • Created by: Helen Cook
  • Added: 4 Jan 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17300131
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Frierson Cook, Sr (11 May 1900–22 Nov 1989), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17300131, citing Evergreen Cemetery, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Helen Cook (contributor 46860575) .