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Everett R. Cook Diary

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1180

This collection consists of the typed diary of Everett R. Cook in which he discusses his service as a pilot in the Officers' Signal Reserve Corps and with the 91st Aero Squadron on the Western Front during World War I. He begins by describing his trip overseas and goes on to chronicle his unit's movements, camp life, and some of his flights. The diary ends when Cook is discharged and begins his trip home.

Dates

  • 1917 October 19-1919 March 8

Language of Materials

English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (2 folders)

Abstract

This collection consists of the typed diary of Everett R. Cook in which he discusses his service as a pilot in the Officers' Signal Reserve Corps and with the 91st Aero Squadron on the Western Front during World War I. He begins by describing his trip overseas and goes on to chronicle his unit's movements, camp life, and some of his flights. The diary ends when Cook is discharged and begins his trip home.

Biographical/Historical Note

Everett Richard Cook was born to Jesse Everett and Ollie Belle (Shonacker) Cook on December 13, 1894 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He enlisted in the United States Air Service on June 4, 1917 in Memphis, Tennessee. He graduated from the School of Military Aeronautics in Champaign, Illinois on August 8, 1917 and was sent to Chanute Field for preliminary flight training. Cook was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the aviation section of the Officers' Signal Reserve Corps in November 1917 and sent to France, where he completed advanced flight training at Issoudun and reported for duty with the 1st Observation Group in Amanty. He completed an aerial gunnery course and was reassigned to the 91st Aero Squadron on April 1, 1918 and later took command of the squadron. Additionally, he earned the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in action near Damvillers, France. Cook was discharged from active duty on August 15, 1919 and returned to Memphis, where he married Phoebe Willingham (1898-1985) on June 4, 1919 and became a merchant in the cotton industry. He and his wife had two children, Everett Willingham and Phoebe (Cook) Welsh. Cook returned to active duty in World War II, serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for the 8th Air Force in England. He eventually retired from the Air Force at the rank of Brigadier General and died in Memphis on January 21, 1974.

Arrangement

This collection consists of two folders.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480