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DONALD GILBERT COOK


is honored on Panel 1E, Line 80 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • An American Hero

    Posted on 8/9/18 - by Janice Current janlc75150@yahoo.com
    Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
    Happy Angel Birthday
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  • THANK YOU

    Posted on 1/14/18 - by Lucy Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear Col Donald Cook,
    Thank you for your service as a Communication Officer. You are still MIA. PLEASE COME HOME.
    It is 2018, Happy New Year. It is so important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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  • Col Donald G. Cook - Birthday Remembrance (83d)

    Posted on 8/9/17 - by kr
    The "Friends of Rocky Versace" remember Rocky's fellow Vietnam War POW/MIA and Medal of Honor recipient, Col Donald Gilbert Cook, on what would've been his 83d birthday - 9 August 2017. CPT Versace & Col Cook are our nation's only Medal of Honor recipients from the Vietnam War whose remains have not been returned by the communists. As of 12 July 2017, they are 2 of 1,606 Americans unaccounted for in Southeast Asia from the Vietnam War.
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  • Medal of Honor

    Posted on 12/29/16 - by A US Marine, Vietnam
    Donald Gilbert Cook
    Date of birth: August 9, 1934
    Date of death: KIA as a POW: December 8, 1967
    Burial location: Arlington, Virginia
    Place of Birth: New York, Brooklyn
    Home of record: Brooklyn New York
    Status: POW

    Donald Cook was interned as a Prisoner of War in Southeast Asia after he was captured in South Vietnam on December 31, 1964, while serving as an advisor to a Vietnamese Marine Battalion engaged in an operation in Binh Gia, Vietnam. He was reportedly wounded in the lower extremities and taken by the Viet Cong as a live prisoner. In 1970 the PRG/DRV released a list of the names of 20 U.S. POWs who died in captivity, including the name of Donald Cook who it was alleged died on December 8, 1967 of malaria. His remains have never been recovered.
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    Medal of Honor

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Colonel [then Captain] Donald Gilbert Cook (MCSN: 0-72794), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the Naval Advisor Group, Military Assistance Command, while interned as a Prisoner of War by the Viet Cong in the vicinity of Binh Gia, Phouc Tuy Province, Republic of Vietnam during the period 31 December 1964 to 8 December 1967. Despite the fact that by so doing he would bring about harsher treatment for himself, Colonel Cook established himself as the senior prisoner, even though in actuality he was not. Repeatedly assuming more than his share of their health, Colonel Cook willingly and unselfishly put the interests of his comrades before that of his own well-being and, eventually, his life. Giving more needy men his medicine and drug allowance while constantly nursing them, he risked infection from contagious diseases while in a rapidly deteriorating state of health. This unselfish and exemplary conduct, coupled with his refusal to stray even the slightest from the Code of Conduct, earned him the deepest respect from not only his fellow prisoners, but his captors as well. Rather than negotiate for his own release or better treatment, he steadfastly frustrated attempts by the Viet Cong to break his indomitable spirit, and passed this same resolve on to the men whose well-being he so closely associated himself. Knowing his refusals would prevent his release prior to the end of the war, and also knowing his chances for prolonged survival would be small in the event of continued refusal, he chose nevertheless to adhere to a Code of Conduct far above that which could be expected. His personal valor and exceptional spirit of loyalty in the face of almost certain death reflected the highest credit upon Colonel Cook, the Marine Corps, and the United States Naval Service.

    Action Date: December 31, 1964 - December 8, 1967

    Service: Marine Corps

    Rank: Colonel

    Division: Prisoner of War (South Vietnam)
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  • Prisoner of War Medal

    Posted on 12/29/16 - by A US Marine, Vietnam

    Prisoner of War Medal

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    Colonel Donald Gilbert Cook (MCSN: 0-72794), United States Marine Corps, was held as a Prisoner of War in Southeast Asia from December 31, 1964 until his death in captivity on or about December 8, 1967.

    Action Date: December 31, 1964 - December 8, 1967

    Service: Marine Corps

    Rank: Colonel

    Division: Prisoner of War (South Vietnam)
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