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Thomas C. Cook
Rank: Private First Class
Thomas C. Cook



115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division

Omaha Beach, Normandy, France

July 19, 1944

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29th Infantry Division

29th Infantry Division

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Thomas C. Cook born in Cameron, Clinton County, Missouri, USA on was 20 years old when we he was killed in action  July 19th 1944. He is my uncle and we are extremely proud of him and will never forget him and what he did for us

Excerpt from the war diary

After the capture of ST. Lô, the First Army's men and tanks moved into northern France, signifying the completion of the Normandy Campaign. The men of the 115th Infantry earned their first battle star. However, this achievement came at a high cost as no unit could evade the tragic loss of their comrades with scores killed, wounded, and missing. Unfortunately, the rifle companies were the most affected as barely half of their authorized strength remained for frontline duty.

Despite rumors circling about immediate relief for the Division, when the 115th Infantry relieved the 116th Infantry on July 19, east of St. Lô, they prepared for upcoming assignments. However, as soon as the relief operation finished, orders arrived that the 115th Regiment had to exit the frontline by 0200 on July 20, with the 35th Infantry Division taking over the post not just from the 115th but also from the other two regiments of the 29th Division.

After forty-four consecutive days of contact with the enemy, the 115th Infantry was ordered to rest and regroup. Sadly for Thomas this was not the case. He was killed in action on July 19, 1944.


Marceline, Missouri, Friday, Sept. 1, 1944

WOUNDS FATAL TO SOLDIER - Thomas C. Cook, son of Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Cook of Avondale, former residents of the Marceline community, died Aug. 16 in a hospital in France of wounds received in action about a week before. The young man's mother is a sister of Charles Edgar here and was reared on a farm east of Marceline. Mr. & Mrs. Cook formerly lived on a farm east of town. The young man was born in Cameron. He had visited frequently at the Edgar home here. He was in the infantry and had been overseas several months.

Note: The Marceline news date information is not accurate. A copy of the letter from the war department sent to the family notifying of Thomas' death clearly stated that Thomas was shot on the 18th of July and died the next day the 19th of july 1944.

His nephew David Cook

115th Infantry Regiment

The 115th Infantry Regiment, Maryland Army National Guard was an infantry regiment of the United States Army. It traced its roots back to the American Revolutionary War, although its official U.S. Army lineage begins in 1881. The units to which the 115th Regiment claims lineage served in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, but the 115th itself was only credited with service in World War I, World War II, and the Global War on Terror. Prior to the reorganization into the 58th Brigade Combat Team, the 1–115th was part of the Third Brigade, 29th Infantry Division (Light). In 2006, the 115th was consolidated (merged) with the 175th Infantry Regiment. As a result of this consolidation, it no longer exists as a separate regiment.

On 3 February 1941, the First Maryland Infantry Regiment, Maryland Army National Guard, was inducted into federal service as the 115th Infantry Regiment at Frederick, Maryland as part of the second partial mobilization of the National Guard for World War II, and then moved to Fort George G. Meade on 18 February 1941 to join the 29th Infantry Division. The regiment completed in-processing, traded in its equipment for modern equipment, and started to repeat its division level training. It was then transferred to the A.P. Hill Military Reservation on 22 April 1942 to participate in maneuvers, and then moved to the Carolina Maneuvers to participate in large unit maneuvers on 8 July 1942.

It then moved on to Camp Blanding to fill its empty personnel slots on 19 August 1942, and then staged at Camp Kilmer on 20 September 1942, and shipped out from the New York Port of Embarkation on 5 October 1942 on the RMS Queen Mary and RMS Queen Elizabeth. They arrived in England on 11 October 1942, and then were attached to the 1st Infantry Division in preparation for the D-Day invasion.

They moved with the 1st Infantry Division from 2 June 1944, and remained with 1st Infantry Division until 7 June 1944, when they returned to the 29th Infantry Division for further operations. Their participation in the Normandy Campaign continued until it was over on 24 July 1944. They immediately moved into the Northern France Campaign on 25 July 1944, which continued until it was over on 14 September 1944.

Veteran's personal medals
Purple Heart
Purple Heart
Veteran's personal file
115th Infantry Regiment DUI
115th Infantry Regiment DUI

Motto: Rally Round The Flag / Old Line State

Personal photographs

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  • 19 Jul 1944
  • East Slope Memorial Gardens Riverside, Platte County, Missouri, USA
  • 18561412

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