Cook, Fred Alden, MAJ

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Last Primary MOS
1560-Infantry Unit Commander (Mechanized)
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1918-1918, 1542, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Service Years
1906 - 1918
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Cold War Certificate



Five Service Stripes

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Post Mills, Vermont
Croton on Hudson, New York

Casualty Date
Oct 07, 1918
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War I
Location of Interment
U.S. Military Academy West Point Post Cemetery - West Point, New York
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Not Specified

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Infantry Shoulder Cord French Fourragere World War I Victory Button

 Unofficial Badges 

Warriors Medal Of Valor Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran

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 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment
7th Infantry Regiment 23rd Infantry Regiment3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
  1906-1908, 1542, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment
  1911-1915, 1542, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment
  1915-1916, 1542, HHC, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment
  1916-1917, 1542, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment
  1917-1917, 1542, 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment
  1917-1918, 1542, 7th Infantry Regiment
  1918-1918, 1542, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment/HHC
  1918-1918, 1542, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1906-1908 Moro Rebellion (Philippines)
  1917-1918 World War I
  1918-1918 World War I/Champagne-Marne Campaign
  1918-1918 World War I/Meuse-Argonne Campaign
  1918-1918 Champagne-Marne Campaign/Battle of Chateau-Thierry
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1902-1906, United States Military Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Major Cook had attended West Point.  He served in a variety of positions and stations as a young officer prior to his service in Frence:  His first was at Jolo, Philippines (1906-8); then various garrison duties in the States and on Oahu at Fort Shaftner and Schofield Barracks.  Stint at the Presido, Montery, Californai in the musketry school.

During the next year he became a Major of a battalion of the 23rd Infantry attended staff schools in France, prior to combat action, sailing to France in March 1918. Service there from 6 April 1918-7 October 1918

He was married in 1910 to Miss Eva Morton of Croton-on-Hudson, N. Y., who survives him and is now living at that place. His two boys, Fred A. Cook, Jr., and Morton Aldrich Cook, are respectively eight years and three years old on December 31, 1918. Mrs. Cook was also interred with her husband at the West Point Cemetery.

He served as an infantry officer.

Then transferred tas commander of the 1st Battalion,  23rd Infantry Regiment.

In France, his unit fought at Belleau-Wood, Chateau-Thieery, Soissons and Mont Blanc, and the Meuse Argonne Offensive.

HIs brother, George Al. Cook was also killed in WWI

Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Major (Infantry) Fred Alden Cook, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F., near St. Etienne-a-Arnes, France, October 3 - 9, 1918.

Major Cook led his battalion in an attack, although exposed to machine-gun fire from both flanks and front, steadying and encouraging his men by his fearless example. He was instantly killed while directing the reduction of a strongly entrenched machine-gun position.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 37 (1919)
Action Date: October 3 - 9, 1918
Service: Army
Rank: Major
Regiment: 23d Infantry Regiment
Division: 2d Division, American Expeditionary Forces

  • Source: Vermont in the Great War, 1917-1919, published 1928

  • Chapter II, Vermont Casualties, Killed in Action or Died in Service; Commissisoned Officers.

  • See Page 302 of 758 of Citation;

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