CDR ROBERT W J COCKS, USN/USNR
|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 AwardLegion of Merit (w/Combat V)
Theaters/CampaignsPacific 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).
SBC2 (The "Beast")
USS Hornet (CV-12)
Associations/Service OrganizationsMasonic Temple
Military Officers Association
Veterans of Foreign Wars
American Judicature Society
Retired Federal Employees Association
Significant Achievements330 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.