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Walter Cecil Cookman, US Army, Mechanic /WW II
1942 | Iowa
"Cookie" was born in Iowa, 26 Oct. 1916. He joined the US Army directly into the Army Air Corp, on 6 Feb. 1942. Walter had completed 4 years of High School and was still single. He was removed from Flight Training and made an Aircraft Mechanic (due to the rule, that if one son is KIA, the other may not go over-seas) after his older brother, Harold F Cookman was KIA, Shot-Down into the Mediterranean Sea on a Sea Sweep Mission 31 March, 1943.
Photo's, Stories and information from his daughter, Maureen Butcher, of Iowa. Feb. 2010.
321st Bomb Group historian, Barbara Ennis Connolly, additions or corrections ?
The Family line of Walter C Cookman
2010 | Iowa
This is the Family information provided by Walter's youngest daughter, Maureen;
My mother ( Cleo Elizabeth Hurd) dated Harold once and that is when she first met my dad when she went to his house. My mom didn't see my dad again until the summer in Clear Lake after Harold had passed away. She was a Phys Ed teacher in Mason City and was teaching swimming lessons in Clear Lake. They dated and were married on June 14th 1947. My dad was working for a Dry Cleaners. Later they bought Lustre Cleaners and they ran it together for years. They had four girls, Mary Janaan born 3-8-1948, Cheryl Ann born 3-31-1949, Luann Marie born 6-014 1953 and me ( Maureen Elise) born 12-6-1954. All four girls reside in Iowa with Cheryl having a winter home in Arizona. My father died 5-7-1998. They have 7 granddaughters and four grandsons. My mother has now 15 great grandchildren with one more on the way.My son Brian was a Sgt. crew chief with the Black Hawks from the Iowa National Guard. He has had two tours one being in Iraq for 18 months. He just got out last month. We are very proud of him. (Written by Walter's proud daughter, Maureen)
Francis Elise Cookman b. 2-25-1912 d. 11-2-1990 Her grandfather is who she is named after Harold F. Cookman b. 1-1-1913 d. 3-31-1943 Walter Cecil Cookman b. 10-26-1916 d. 5-7-1998 married Cleo Elizabeth Hurd on 6-14-1947 Had four daughters Mary Janaan b. 3-18-1948, Cheryl Ann b. 3-31-1949, Luann Marie b. 6-14-1953, and me Maureen Elise b. 12-6-1954 All my sisters live in Iowa, one lives part time in Cottonwood, AZ. My folks had 7 granddaughters and 4 grandsons. ( us girls each have one boy). My mother now has 15 great grandkids with one more on the way. Maureen's son was a sgt. crew chief with the Black Hawks from the Iowa National Guard and has had two tours one that took him to Iraq for 18 months. He got out just this last month. Was very proud of him. I appreciate all this hard work you do. It has filled in a lot of questions about our family. Thank You Maureen Now this is one great patriotic family ! Blessings, Barbi Ennis Connolly PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com Corrections, additions ?