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Patricia Cookson
savemenow Vienna, Virginia, USA

I am the niece of the subject of the book I published "Letters from Pearl Harbor". I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish Education and a Master of Arts Degree in Spanish and Latin American Literature from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. I spent most of my adult life living overseas, mainly in South and Central America. I've traveled throughout the world and spent considerable time in Hawaii over the years. I now reside in Northern Virginia with my husband, Charles R. Cookson, and am pursuing a degree in Landscape Design. I spend a great deal of my spare hours researching World War II, specifically the campaign in North Africa and Operation Market Garden.

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savemenow

savemenow says

Thank you for your comments,
I had given up any hope of finding a relative of your Father's. When I saw your name I nearly fell out of my chair. I have searched high and low for you. For some reason I kept running into dead ends though I cannot, at this moment, remember why. Ward was indeed your Father was one of my Uncle's best friends. Here is a copy of what I wrote on the Army Air Corp website in 2007:

"I am holding out the possibility that a former friend of my Uncle's, Lt. John H. Shea, of the 42nd B.S. may still be alive and well. My Uncle, Lt. Ward Cox Jr., was killed in a B-17E crash on Oahu on 5 April 1942. I found a letter of sympathy to his parents dated 29 April 1942 from Lt. Shea who in the letter explains that he was my Uncle Ward's copilot on his combat crew from 7 December 1941 up to about a month before his accident, and considered himself to be my Uncle Ward's best friend. I would love to talk to someone who would have known my uncle. Would anyone know what happened to Lt. John H. Shea? I have no more information on him other than references to him in my Uncle's letters home."
I have no idea whether or not blurb has any rules about contact but I am going to leave my email here and if you should you do not object or do not desire to contact me do not feel that you need to do so. However, I would be absolutely thrilled to hear from you. Thank you for leaving your comments. This is most amazing. Very sincerely, Patricia Cox Cookson pcookson0@gmail.com

posted at 05:08am Sep 30 PST

savemenow

savemenow says

Thank you for your comments,
I had given up any hope of finding a relative of your Father's. When I saw your name I nearly fell out of my chair. I have searched high and low for you. For some reason I kept running into dead ends though I cannot, at this moment, remember why. Ward was indeed your Father was one of my Uncle's best friends. Here is a copy of what I wrote on the Army Air Corp website in 2007:

"I am holding out the possibility that a former friend of my Uncle's, Lt. John H. Shea, of the 42nd B.S. may still be alive and well. My Uncle, Lt. Ward Cox Jr., was killed in a B-17E crash on Oahu on 5 April 1942. I found a letter of sympathy to his parents dated 29 April 1942 from Lt. Shea who in the letter explains that he was my Uncle Ward's copilot on his combat crew from 7 December 1941 up to about a month before his accident, and considered himself to be my Uncle Ward's best friend. I would love to talk to someone who would have known my uncle. Would anyone know what happened to Lt. John H. Shea? I have no more information on him other than references to him in my Uncle's letters home."
I have no idea whether or not blurb has any rules about contact but I am going to leave my email here and if you should you do not object or do not desire to contact me do not feel that you need to do so. However, I would be absolutely thrilled to hear from you. Thank you for leaving your comments. This is most amazing. Very sincerely, Patricia Cox Cookson pcookson0@gmail.com

posted at 05:08am Sep 30 PST

Blackjackjr

Blackjackjr says

upon review I obviously have some dates mixed up and must do some more research here but I will read the book and look at dads medical records. Perhaps Ward was to be his best man? I will also review wedding photos. Thank you

posted at 12:13pm Sep 28 PST

Blackjackjr

Blackjackjr says

My Dad was Ward Cox's best friend. I think Ward was his best man at Hickam chapel where he married mom April 18, 1942. I was almost named Ward. I remember dad saying that his passing saddened him deeply. Remembering Ward through the eyes of dad. Thank you John H. Shea Jr.

posted at 03:10am Sep 28 PST

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