VIETNAM - COOK, EARL LLOYD

Cook, Earl Lloyd

VIETNAM - COOK, EARL LLOYD
COOK, EARL LLOYD

Rank: Specialist 4

Unit: 919th Engineer Company, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 12B – Combat Engineer

Awards: Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 12-Sep-1948

Hometown: Washington Court House, Ohio

Marital status: Married to Carol J. Cook, one daughter

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 18-Mar-1968

Start of tour: 7-May-1969

Incident date: 9-Jul-1969

Date of casualty: 9-Jul-1969

Age at death: 20

Cause of death: Hostile, Died. Small Arms Fire. Gun or small arms fire.
Earl Lloyd Cook was killed while gunner on a military vehicle on a combat operation when a hostile force was encountered. / Right gunner on armored personnel carrier (APC) on combat operation.  Engaged hostile force in firefight.

Five Blackhorse troopers died as a result of this incident:
SGT Thomas Jackson Barnes Jr
SP4 Earl Lloyd Cook
SP5 John Bruce Cornwell
SGT Jimmie Charles Scrogum
1LT Carl Douglas Shirley

Location of fatality: Binh Long, South Vietnam, XT 738 930

Place of interment: Highlawn Memory Gardens, Washington Court House, Ohio, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 21W 091 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

BRONZE STAR MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE AND OAK LEAF CLUSTER
POSTHUMOUS

SPECIALIST FOUR EARL L COOK
9 JULY 1969
919TH ENGINEER COMPANY (ARMORED)
11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Specialist Four Cook distinguished himself by heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force on 9 July 1969 while serving as a gunner with the 919th Engineer. Company (Armored), 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date while acting as rear security for a convoy, his platoon came under intense automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenade fire from a large, well-concealed enemy force. Disregarding the hostile fusillade to which he was exposed, Specialist Cornwell immediately began placing accurate suppressive fire on the enemy. As he continued raking the hostile positions with devastating fire, he was mortally wounded by an exploding rocket-propelled grenade. Specialist Four Cook’s courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
Headquarters, II Field Force Vietnam General Orders No. 1927 (6 August 1969)

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