Skip to comments.Pearl Harbor Survivor Committed to the Sea
Posted on 10/11/2007 5:20:34 PM PDT by SandRat
PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- A Sailor who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor was committed to the sea Oct. 4 during a ceremony held at the USS Utah Memorial on Ford Island in Naval Station (NAVSTA) Pearl Harbor.
In accordance with his wishes, the family of Chief Shipfitter Gordon E. Cook honored his memory by scattering his ashes into the harbor next to the sunken ship where 54 crew members lost their lives Dec. 7, 1941.
Thanks to Gordons loving wife of 45 years, his daughters and other family members, we will now honor him as he so richly deserves, said retired Master Chief Yeoman Jim Taylor, burial at sea coordinator for the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.
In attendance were Cooks wife Carole, daughter Lauri Bookter, daughter Kathy and her husband Cmdr. Lance Fewel, Naval Reserve Officer Corps; grandson Connor Fewel and granddaughter Ashtyn Fewel.
He was a wonderful, caring husband. He was very sweet, everybody that knew him really liked him and hell be very missed for a long time, said Carole Cook.
Im awe-struck with how wonderful the ceremony was and having the opportunity to come out here and honor his service and sacrifice makes me very proud, said Cmdr. Fewel.
As his ashes drifted by USS Utah, the NAVSTA Pearl Harbor Ceremonial Guard rendered a 21-gun salute followed by the playing of Taps by the Pacific Fleet Band.
Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Illianna Thomas, a volunteer honor guard member, presented Cooks wife with his flag. Cook was serving aboard destroyer tender USS Whitney (AD-4) when Japanese planes when explosions were heard at approximately 8:00 a.m., Dec. 7, 1941.
He watched from the fantail of the ship as the days horrific events unfolded from the bombing of Ford Island and Battleship Row, including the massive explosion caused by a single bomb that penetrated the deck of USS Arizona and ignited the ships forward ammunition hold.
Cook participated in the salvage operations that followed and later in his career he participated in the battle of Guadalcanal.
Cook enlisted in the Navy February 1940 and was honorably discharged June 1946. He passed away July 3.
He enlisted before Pearl Harbor and served till '46.
Well Done, Sailor.
Pearl Harbor bump!
My father got a free year-long stay in Honolulu on Uncle Sam during
The Cold War (about 1956).
He said that were still unrepaired (surely on purpose) bullet holes
from the Dec. 7, 1941 attack at Schofield Barracks when he was there.
VOA, they are still there. I've seen them.
Thats neat! My dad also was there, didn’t talk about it much but could describe the attack in great detail. I was there with the Navy in 65-67 and visited many of the places he described.
Amen. God bless those that care and serve this country well. May they live on in our memories forever.
FORASMUCH as it hath pleased Almighty God of his great mercy to receive unto himself the soul of our dear brother here departed: we therefore commit his body to the deep, looking for the resurrection of the body, (when the sea shall give up her dead,) and the life of the world to come, through our Lord Jesus Christ; who at his coming shall change our mortal body, that it may be like unto his glorious body, according to the mighty working, whereby he is able to subdue all things to himself.
It was my pleasure and a great honor to be a part of this ceremony. God bless!!
MA2 Illianna L. Thomas/Wood