Cook, George M

George Maurice Cook was born in January 1, 1914 to Maurice and Minnie Cook of Spring City, Pennsylvania. George was one of two children. 

After graduatting from Spring City high school, George worked at the Interborough Press, furthered his education at the Pierce Business College in Philadelphia. He later worked at the Elliott-Underwood Company, in Philadelphia, one of the leading manufacturers of typewriters. In August 1942, he married Jeene E. Stuart, from Pottstown.

George joined the Pennsylvania Nation Guard in November 1940, serving with the Company B, 111th Infantry. George’s regiment was sent to Camp Pendleton, Virginia for further training, then to Camp Stoneman, California, and San Francisco, to embark for the Pacific Theater of Operations in November, 1943.

George’s regiment then participated in the amphibious assault against the Japanese held Kwajalien on D-Day January 31, 1944. Kawajalien is actually the worlds largest atoll, comprising a string of one hundred islands forming an irregular shaped lagoon 66 miles long and 20 miles wide.
George became ill and was hospitalized. His illness was life threatening and he was flown from Honolulu to Fort Dix, New Jersey in an attempt to save his life. He arrived by aircraft on November 30, 1944. He was permitted a brief visit home after his arrival.

Corporal George Maurice Cook Died Non-Battle at Fort Dix on Thursday December 7, 1944. His wife Jeene, received two telegrams simultaneously: one, that her husband was seriously ill, the other that he died. The funeral service was held on December 12th. Interment was at the Mount Zion Cemetery in Pottstown.


Researched by Don Wambold, WCMSC