Cook, Harvey Weir, COL

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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
2019-Post Commander
Primary Unit
1941-1943, AAF MOS 1056, Pacific Theater
Service Years
1917 - 1943

Aviation

Colonel



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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1892
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Wilkinson
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Mar 24, 1943
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
New Caledonia
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section O, Grave 440

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 Unit Assignments
94th Aero Squadron1st Battalion, 147th Aviation RegimentUS Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1918-1918, 94th Aero Squadron
  1919-1919, 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment/HHC
  1941-1943, AAF MOS 1056, Pacific Theater
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1941-1943 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)
  1941-1945 World War II
 Colleges Attended 
DePauw UniversityWashington & Jefferson College
  1910-1912, DePauw University
  1913-1917, Washington & Jefferson College
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Last Known Activity
Aviation combat ace of World War One. While flying with the 94th (Hat-in-the-Ring) Aero Squadron, Captain Weir-Cook was credited with seven victories, including 4 enemy balloons. As a Lieutenant Colonel during the Second World War, he was killed while flying over New Zealand. Weir-Cook was from Wilkinson, Indiana and for many years Indianapolis' principal airport was known as Weir-Cook airport. A memorial in his honor remains on display at the now Indianapolis International Airport. 

Harvey Weir Cook was born in Wilkinson, Indiana in 1892. He graduated from Anderson High School and attended college at both DePauw University in Greencastle and Washington & Jefferson University in Washington, Pennsylvania. In 1917, he joined the United States Army Air Service and was a combat ace and captain during World War I, officially downing seven enemy planes.

Cook was a pioneer in bringing Indianapolis its first principal airport. The Indianapolis International Airport was known as the Weir-Cook Airport from 1944 to 1976. In 1942, he returned to military service as lieutenant colonel in World War II, where he was killed while flying a Bell Airacobra P-39 over New Caledonia. A memorial in his honor remains on display at the Indianapolis International Airport.

Source: Indiana Historical Bureau

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harvey Weir Cook, Captain (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Crepion, France, October 30, 1918. Captain Cook attacked three enemy bi-place planes at an altitude of 1,000 meters. After a few minutes of severe fighting his guns jammed, but after clearing the jam he returned to the attack, shot down one of his adversaries in flames, and forced the other two to retire to their own lines.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919

 
The Distinguished Service Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster is presented to Harvey Weir Cook, Captain (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-de-Dole, France, August 1, 1918. Sighting six enemy mono- place planes at an altitude of 3,500 meters, Captain Cook, attacked them despite their numerical superiority, shooting down one and driving off the others.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919


   
Comments/Citation
He is buried at The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Section O, Grave 440.
   
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