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|Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2006 11:44 am Post subject: COOK, CAPT George Carlton
|George Carlton Cook
Born 2/21/18. Died 11/78 in Key Largo, Florida.
George Cook was Commanding Officer of the USS Rankin from 1963-1964. He was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic exploits in WWII.
Here is the citation from George Cook's Navy Cross award:
COOK, GEORGE CARLTON
Ensign, U.S. Navy R
Date of Action: April 18 & 19, 1942
The Navy Cross is presented to George Carlton Cook, Ensign, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action on the night of April 18 and 19, 1942, while in charge of the boat and rescue party seeking to evacuate a group of distressed Australian aviators, grounded on the island of Timor, N.E.I. Enemy forces were present in the vicinity and searching for the party. Ensign Cook swam ashore through the surf and after considerable difficulty and with great danger to himself, made contact with the Australians. He made several trips through the surf, superintended the transfer of the sick and wounded men to the U.S.S. Searaven and saved two from drowning. Ensign Cook displayed extraordinary heroism under exceptionally trying conditions. His actions were in complete disregard of his personal safety and are an inspiring example of devotion to duty. His high courage and fine leadership on this occasion are in accord with the best traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Birth: 2/21/1918 - Milton, MA
Home Town: Boston, MA
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Click Here to see an extremely complete story from the Australian point of view.