Dennis Philip Cook

United States Navy
01 November 1936 - 06 April 1966
Santa Barbara, California
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Naval Aviator

Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Dennis Philip Cook

2 Jun 2004

My brother Dennis was killed in 1966 in an aircraft carrier accident while he was aboard the USS Hancock in the South China Sea. He and his plane were not recovered. The catapult malfunctioned and gave him some power but not enough and he wasn't able to eject.

He was a father of two baby girls, Laura and Christa, who were only 3 and 2 years old at the time. It was a tragedy that they never knew him as he was a wonderful loving man and would have been a terrific father for them. Now they are married and have babies so I am excited to be invited to the birthdays as a reminder that Dennis would be there too.

Dennis had so many friends wherever he went. The 20-30 club in Corona, California, had a plaque and flagpole memorial built for him at a Boy Scout Camp in 1967. He was a great brother and I really miss him.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his sister,
Claudia Cook Tamblin 
2 Jun 2004

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 06/02/2004