Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
August 09, 1934 at Brooklyn, NY
Entered Service in the US
Marine Corps from Brooklyn, NY
08, 1967 at the age of 33
The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism as a
Prisoner of War on December 31, 1964 - December 08, 1967 at Binh
Gia, Phouc Tuy Province, Vietnam
Colonel Cook was
a Prisoner of War of the Viet Cong during the period from December
31, 1964 to December 8, 1967. Despite the fact that by so doing he
would bring about harsher treatment for himself, he established
himself as the senior prisoner, even though in actuality he was
not. He unselfishly put the interests of his comrades before those
of his own, giving more needy men his medicine and drug allowance.
While constantly nursing them, he risked infection from contagious
diseases though himself in a rapidly deteriorating state of
health. His unselfish and exemplary conduct, coupled with his
refusal to stray even the slightest from the Code of Conduct,
earned him the deepest respect from not only his fellow prisoners,
but his captors as well. Rather than negotiate for his own release
or for better treatment, he steadfastly frustrated attempts by the
Viet Cong to break his spirit, and passed this same resolve on to
the men whose well-being he so closely associated himself. Knowing
his refusals would prevent his release prior to the end of the
war, and knowing his chances for survival would be small in the
event of continued refusal, he chose nevertheless to adhere to a
Code of Conduct far above that which could be expected.