Carl Wilbern Cooke was born in Rockwood, Tennessee, son of Rubin “Rube” Cooke and Dora Elendor Brogdon. He had one brother, Hubert Cooke and was the step-son of John Jacob Gentry.
Private First Class Carl W. Cooke was assigned to 322nd Infantry Regiment, 81st Infantry Division. In September 1944 the 322nd was part of the invasion of Angaur, an island 6 miles from the island of Peleliu. The 81st then went across to Peleliu to support the 1st Marine Division. The battle of Peleliu was the most costly battle in the Pacific Theater.
PFC Cooke was killed in action 12 October 1944. He was later interred at the Manila American Cemetery, Phillippines, at l,11,77.
- Rank: Private First Class
- Date of birth: 26 August 1922
- Date of death: 12 October 1944
- County: Hamilton
- Hometown: Flat Top
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 322nd Infantry Regiment, 81st Infantry Division
- Theater: Pacific
- Conflict: World War II
- Battles: Peleliu
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
- Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Middle Panel
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