Specialist 4, 4th class, Daniel R. Cook, age 71, Vietnam, served April 1, 1966 to March 23, 1968
Staff Sgt. Paul W. Cook, served March 24, 1944, to Jan. 11, 1946
My brother Dan Cook had this frame made for our dad, Paul Cook. Included are their dog tags, Dad’s Purple Heart, snap shots of their time in World War II and Vietnam. In the center is the silver dollar they both carried through both wars. Also, Mom and Dad’s wedding picture taken on their wedding day Aug. 12, 1944. Then he returned to the war not to return until his first daughter was 10 months old.
My brothers and sister and I don’t know what our mom went through when Dad was gone. But we do remember when our brother Dan was gone. The day he came home, I picked him up at the airport to surprise the family. We went to LCC to get our sister Pam and brother John out of class. On our way to Mom and Dad’s house, we passed them in the car. We could see Mom’s face when she saw Dan. What a great day he was home safe! I often wonder what Dad had to be thinking knowing his son was going through what he had experienced. Had to be hard for him. But like most vets, they didn’t and don’t talk about it.
Unfortunately, our dad passed away April 19, 2016, at the age of 96. My brother Dan and his wife live in Gomer.