Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Colonel Charles E Cook, Jr.
Colonel Cook was born in Pennington, New Jersey, in 1921. He attended Randolph Macon Academy in Virginia and graduated Bucknell University in 1942.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1943. Upon completion of flight training, he was assigned to the 23rd Fighter Group in China. During his tour, he was promoted to Captain, became Operations Officer for the 74th Fighter Squadron flying P-40 Warhawks against the Japanese and was credited with 2.5 Japanese air to air kills and several ground kills of Japanese aircraft.
Colonel Cook's career continued after the war with assignments at Las Vegas Army Air Field as a gunnery instructor; Shaw Field; The Citadel as a Tactical Officer and instructor; Korea; Myrtle Beach Air Force Base as Base Commander; and in Germany on the NATO War Planning Staff.
He was a graduate of Command and Staff College and received numerous decorations from the Army Air Corps, United States Air Force, the Chinese government and the Korean government. He flew several aircraft in his career, including the T-6, P-40, P-47, P-51, P-61, P-80 and the T-39. He retired from the Pentagon in 1965 to Myrtle Beach, where he was a successful businessman and civic leader for more than 30 years. Colonel Cook served on Myrtle Beach City Council from 1973 –
Location. 33° 39.879′ N, 78° 56.239′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Marker is at the intersection of Farrow Parkway and Hendrick Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Farrow Parkway. Touch for map. Located in Market Common. Marker is in this post office area: Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hoyt L. Hendrick (here, next to this marker); Brigadier General Joel T. Hall (here, next to this marker); Chief Master Sergeant Jimmy E. Davis (within shouting distance of this marker); Brigadier General Robert G. Jenkins (within shouting distance of this marker); Lieutenant Colonel William H. Rutherford (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain Paul Johnson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chief Master Sergeant James Cope (about 400 feet away); Colonel Robert P. "Pancho" Pasqualicchio (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
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