Pvt. John Cook

Register of Enlistments
John Cook was born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina in July 1872. He enlisted at Labansan (sp.?), Philippines on November 3, 1900. His eyes were described as being brown, his hair black and his complexion black. He was 5' 10" tall. Cook was discharged 2, 1903 at (Fort) Niobrara, Nebraska with the rank corporal. His character was rated "good".

1894 Register of Enlistments
November 3, 1894 Cook enlisted at Pittsburg, PA. His age is listed as 22 years 4 months and his occupation is "Fireman". He is described as having black eyes and hair and a mulatto complextion. His height is listed as 5' 10". He is attached to the 25th Infantry, Co. B. He was discharged November 2, 1897 upon the expiration of his service from Fort Missoula, Mont. with the rank of private and character rated "Good".

1897 Register of Enlistments
November 3, 1897 Cook enlisted at Missoula, MT. His place of birth is listed as Wilkesborough, N.C. and his occupation is "Soldier". His eyes are brown, his hair black and his complextion is Mulatto. He is attached to the 25th Infantry, Co. B. He was discharged Nov. 2, 1900 at Cabangan(sp?), P.I. [Philippine Islands] at the expiration of service. His rank was Corporal and his character "very good".

1900 Register of Enlistments
November 3, 1900 Cook enlisted at Cabangan, P.I. His age is 28 years 4 months and his occupation is "Soldier". His eyes and hair are listed as "Brown" and his complexion "Black". He is 5' 10". He is with 25th Inf., Co. B He was discharged November 2, 1903 [Fort?] Niobrara, Nebraska at the expiration of his service. His rank was corporal and rating "Good"

1900 Census
John Cook is in Luzon, Philippines with the 25th U.S. Infantry with the rank of corporal. His residence is listed as Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. His birthday, July 1872 is confirmed. He was single. His parents were listed as being born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. He could read and write.

1903 Register of Enlistments
November 3, 1903 Cook enlisted at Fort Niobrara, Nebraska. His birthplace was listed as Wilkesboro, NC. His age is 31 years, 4 months and his occupation is "Soldier". His eyes are brown, hair black and complexion "D.bro." His height is 5' 10 1/4". He is attached to the 25th Infantry B. He appears to have enlisted with a man named Jones A. Coltrane from Darwill, Virginia. Cook was discharged November 3, 1906 at Fort Reno, Oklahoma "per I.O.[sp?] 266 War Dept. 06 Corpl. without honor


John Cook and Mingo Sanders were dishonorably discharged from the Army by President Roosevelt.

"In November, President Theodore Roosevelt, with the consent and support of Secretary of War William H. Taft, issued a dishonorable discharge for each of the 167 black soldiers in the 25th Infantry... [Paraphrased from same book. Click here for the full acount of the Brownsville Incident: The men were charged with "a conspiracy of silence", after denying any knowledge of an incident which happened in Brownsville, Texas . At the time, a highly racist atmosphere existed in the town. In spite of the honor and distinction with which the 25th had served, they were met with silence, racial slurs and threats. On July 25, 1906 members of the 25th entered Brownsville and were refused service at numerous bars. Undeterred, two soldiers set up their own saloon just outside the fort. On August 12, 1906 a white woman claimed she had been assaulted by one of the soldiers. The mayor and fort commander issued a town curfew but at midnight, August 13, there was a shooting spree. A local bartender was killed along with other injuries. Immediately, all the soldiers were summoned from their barracks and their guns were inspected. The search turned up nothing. All of the soldiers signed sworn statements that they had no knowledge of who had done the shooting.]
....Among those discharged by President Roosevelt, were two men who had served in the distinguished Bicycle Corps. They were Pvt. John Cook and Sgt. Mingo Sanders. At the time of the Roosevelt dismissal of the entire division, Brig. Gen. A.S. Burt gallantly defended Sergeant Sanders, who had been sleeping a the time of the shooting. Yet, despite many strong commendations and an excellent service record including an outstanding record of fighting in Cuba and the Philippines, he too was a victim of President Roosevelt's decision to expel all of the 25th Infantry from the United States military. Sergeant Sanders had less than a year before his retirement."
- Encyclopedia of American Race Riots, Walter C. Rucker, James N. Upton, pg. 79-80
[excellent synopsis of the Brownsville Incident, starting on page 77]

1920 US Federal Census - Louisburg Township, Franklin County, North Carolina
John Cook is a 48 year old roomer in a building on "304 Rail Road". He, his mother and his father are all listed as being born in North Carolina. Cook's race is "B" and he is single. His occupation is "Laborer". This man is living with a 64 year old widower named Pattie Percy, three children and three grandchildren. Is this our John Cook?

1930 US Federal Census - Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey
John Cook is a roomer in a building on Henderson St. in Jersey City. He, his mother and his father are all listed as being born in North Carolina. Cook's age is 60, his race is "Neg" and he is single. His occupation is "watchman" at a bank. In the cell for Veterans it says "no". Is this our John Cook?

. COOK, JOHN

PVT US ARMY

SPANISH AMERICAN WAR

DATE OF DEATH: 07/10/1918

BURIED AT: SECTION 2 SITE 7793 Click to view the cemetery map

CYPRESS HILLS NATIONAL CEMETERY

625 JAMAICA AVENUE BROOKLYN, NY 11208

(631) 454-4949


COOK, JOHN

CPL US ARMY

DATE OF DEATH: 06/12/1920

BURIED AT: SECTION 34 ROW 4 SITE 10 Click to view the cemetery map

LEAVENWORTH NATIONAL CEMETERY

150 MUNCIE ROAD LEAVENWORTH, KS 66048

(913) 758-4105
COOK, JOHN

CPL US ARMY

DATE OF DEATH: 06/12/1920

BURIED AT: SECTION 34 ROW 4 SITE 10 Click to view the cemetery map

LEAVENWORTH NATIONAL CEMETERY

150 MUNCIE ROAD LEAVENWORTH, KS 66048

(913) 758-4105

DATE OF DEATH: 04/15/1918

BURIED AT: SECTION A SITE 3607 Click to view the cemetery map

TOGUS NATIONAL CEMETERY

VA MEDICAL CENTER VA REGIONAL OFFICE CENTER TOGUS, ME 04330

(508) 563-7113

UNKNOWN RELATIONSHIP TO COOK, JOHN

US ARMY
COOK, JOHN

PVT US ARMY

DATE OF DEATH: 10/18/1913

BURIED AT: SECTION A P SITE 10488 Click to view the cemetery map

HAMPTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

CEMETERY ROAD AT MARSHALL AVENUE HAMPTON, VA 23669

(757) 723-7104

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