Cook, Raymond B., LT

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Last Rank
Lieutenant
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 131X, USS Franklin (CV-13)
Service Years
1941 - 1944
Lieutenant
Lieutenant

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Palmyra, NY
Last Address
127 Canandaigua St
Palmyra, NY
(Wife ~ Dorothy Eleanor Cook)

Casualty Date
Oct 25, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (Cenotaph)

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 Duty Stations
VT-13USS Franklin (CV-13)
  1943-1944, 131X, VT-13
  1944-1944, 131X, USS Franklin (CV-13)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1944 World War II
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Cape Engano
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Sibuyan Sea
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  All Personal photos contributed by his Cousin Rick Cook4
  Aug 01, 1941, Service Entry Date & Service # 0-121555
  Aug 03, 1942, Commission to Ensign
  May 01, 1943, Promoted to Ltjg
  Apr 12, 2016, General Photos4
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lt Cook's TBM-1C AVENGER and ARM2c William B. Butler AIRCRAFT WAS SHOT DOWN BY ANTI-AIRCRAFT FIRE
DURING THE BATTLE OF CAPE ENGANO ON 25 OCT 1944.
   
Comments/Citation
 

 
Name of Award
Navy Cross
Year Awarded
1945
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Raymond "B" Cook (NSN: 0-121555), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron THIRTEEN (VT-13), attached to the U.S.S. FRANKLIN (CV-13), during operations against major units of the enemy Japanese Fleet during the Battle off Cape Engano in the Philippine Area, on 25 October 1944. Launched at dawn from his parent carrier when the northern prong of the Japanese Fleet, proceeding of the Island of Luzon, swung from a south-easterly to a northerly course in an effort to escape the powerful units of our Third Fleet, Lieutenant Cook led his division in pursuit of the fleeing enemy Task Force and, initiating an extremely hazardous glide-bombing attack against the enemy disposition, plunged through a heavy curtain of merciless anti-aircraft fire to score a direct hit on a Japanese aircraft carrier which was later observed to sink. Stout-hearted and indomitable in the face of tremendous odds, Lieutenant Cook, by his daring initiative, bold combat tactics and superb airmanship, contributed essentially to the sinking of an important enemy warship and his great personal valor and resolute conduct throughout this bitterly-fought engagement upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander 2d Carrier Task Force Pacific: Serial 0747 (January 4, 1945)
Action Date: October 25, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Squadron: Torpedo Squadron 13 (VT-13)

 
Name of Award
Distinguished Flying Cross
Years Awarded
1944
Details behind Awards:
Awarded for actions during the World War II 

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Lieutenant Raymond "B" Cook (NSN: 0-121555), United States Naval Reserve, for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight  while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron THIRTEEN (VT-13), attached to the U.S.S. FRANKLIN (CV-13), during operations against major units of the enemy Japanese Forces in the Solomon Islands Area from April 26 to July 17, 1943. In addition to executing numerous combat missions against heavily fortified enemy positions, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Cook, participated in two night operations in Kahill-Faisi Harbors and although subject to intense enemy anti-aircraft fire and searchlight illumination, successfully damaged at least two hostile vessels. His outstanding airmanship contributed materially to the sinking of five enemy destroyers and three cargo vessels, and to the damaging of one light cruiser and three destroyer upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: April 26 to July 17, 1943
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Squadron: Torpedo Squadron 13 (VT-13)
Ship: U.S.S. Franklin (CV-13)
   
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