John Cook, Jr.
John Ben Cook, Jr.
John Ben Cook Jr. was born on May 22, 1947 at Ft. Benning, Georgia. He graduated from high school in 1965 in Seaford Delaware. While attending Auburn University, he wrestled and was a member of several SEWIA Championship teams. He graduated from Auburn University in 1970 and received a regular Army Commission . Johnny served one tour in Vietnam as a Rifle Platoon Leader with the 1st CAV. He received numerous decorations including 4 Bronze Stars and two with a uv for valor. He also served with the 5th Special Forces group at Ft. Bragg upon returning to the States and later with the 20th SF group. He married Rosemary Hackney in 1973 and they had two sons and three granddaughters. After leaving the Army, Johnny taught and coached in several different states and in North Africa at an American school where he also started a wrestling club. Johnny loved his country and was proud to serve . He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them as often as possible. He loved traveling and meeting new people. He passed away on July 11, 2011 due to a Glioblastoma Multiform caused by exposure to Agent Orange during his service in Vietnam. Johnny's life is written on the hearts of countless young men and women who he taught and coached through the years. His legacy will continue throughout eternity. We love you Johnny and we will always miss you!!