Ralph Waldo Cook
Born 4 November 1911
Died 23 March 1945
Buried at Knoxville National Cemetery, Knoxville, TN, X, 23-B

Lt Cook was initially buried at the USAF Cemetery Manila No. 1, Philippine Islands.

Silver Star Citation (for actions previous to his death):
“The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Gunner Ralph W. Cook, United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while attached to the Minesweeper U.S.S. Pigeon (AM-47), during a Japanese aerial attack in the Philippine Islands on 10 December 1941. Gunner Cook assisted in the work of towing a submarine to safety and in clearing the docks of the Cavite Navy Yard of naval vessels and yard craft. His gallant actions and selfless devotion to duty, without regard for his own safety, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”

Mother: Mrs. Novella Cook, Box 154, Oneida, TN
Wife: Mrs. Flora Easton Cook, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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