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CDR ROBERT W J COCKS, USN/USNR
FLIGHT LOG ID: 4077


Service Date In: 05/20/1942
Service Date Out: 04/29/1981
Date of Birth: 04/29/1921
Date of Death: 05/04/2017
Aviation Designation: Naval Aviator
State/College: Northern Arizona U / U Southern California
City, State: Los Angeles, CA

Highest Personal Decoration or Award

Legion of Merit (w/Combat V)

Theaters/Campaigns

Pacific Theater - Assigned with Air Group 11 (VB-11) on both Guadacanal and the USS Hornet (CV-12) for a total of 30 months.
38 combat missions:  Hong Kong Harbor, Formosa (Taiwan), Luzon, Okinawa, French Indo China, China Sea, Bataan Peninsula, Yap Island, Pescadores Islands, Manila Bay, Aparri, Munda Airfield, Shipping off Kahili, (New Guinea), Samar and the Battle of Leyte Gulf (Second battle of the Philippine Sea).

Aircraft

TBM
F6F
SBD
SBC2 (The "Beast")

Ship/Units/Deployments

VB-11
Guadalcanal
USS Hornet (CV-12)

Associations/Service Organizations

Masonic Temple
Military Officers Association
American Legion
Veterans of Foreign Wars
American Judicature Society
Retired Federal Employees Association

Significant Achievements

330 flight hours, 38 combat missions, he was on beach and witnessed Gen McArthur come ashore at Leyte Gulf. Ancient Order of the Deep (Trusty Shellback), Economics of National Security Certificate, Beach Intelligence Certificate, Combat Staff Techniques/Operational Planning Certificate. PhD in Public Administration from USC. Division Chief, Los Angeles County Probation Dept. Deputy Chief United States Federal Probation Dept. Helped create a non-profit organization- Industry Corrections Interface, that assists parolees getting back into the workforce and re-entering society.
Commander, US Nav Res, Deputy Chief US Probation. 
Air Medal (w/Gold Star) in lieu of a second medal, Presidential Unit Citation.
Distinguished Flying Cross.

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