Notes for Albert Dustin Cooley (1902-1976) m Alice A Sutherland


Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Fri Nov 4 23:08:44 2011

According to the 1920 census, living with his parents, he was born in MT.

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Fri Nov 4 23:21:15 2011

This looks like him:

Birth: Oct. 11, 1902
Montana, USA
Death: Dec. 10, 1976
San Diego County
California, USA

The Chicago Tribune - 14 Dec 1976

Deaths elsewhere

Deceased Name: Lt. Gen. Albert D. Cooley [Ret.]

Lt. Gen. Albert D. Cooley [Ret.], 76, commanding general of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in the Korean War and commanding officer of the bomber command of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in World War II, winning the Navy Cross for action on Guadalcanal; in Coronado, Cal.


Created by: Pam
Record added: Apr 19, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68606403

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Fri Nov 4 23:23:15 2011


Lieutenant General Albert D. Cooley, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) (Oral history program) by Albert Dustin Cooley (1969)

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Fri Nov 4 23:28:54 2011

COOLEY, ALBERT, 11 Oct 1900, Dec 1976, 76, 92118 (Coronado, San Diego, CA), California, 556-54-6439

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Fri Nov 4 23:33:06 2011

The above was from the SSDI.

California Death Index:

COOLEY, ALBERT D, 10/11/1902, M, MONTANA, SAN DIEGO(37), 12/10/1976, 556-54-6439, 74 yrs

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Sat Nov 5 00:05:11 2011

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Albert Dustin Cooley (0-3903), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer and a Pilot of the Bomber Command, FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, in combat against enemy Japanese forces from 23 September 1942 to 18 December 1942. Assuming his duties on 23 September, after months of strenuous combat had seriously depleted the number of men and amount of equipment, Lieutenant Colonel Cooley reorganized and skillfully built up the strength of his command. Leading a group of dive bombers and fighters on 12 October in a determined raid against enemy destroyers, he gallantly pressed home the attack, personally scoring a hit on one of the Japanese ships. On 14 October, with all but one of his planes put out of commission by terrific fire from enemy surface vessels, Lieutenant Colonel Cooley, in spite of intermittent bombing and shellfire from hostile artillery, worked tirelessly to direct the repair of damaged planes, with the result that twelve additional aircraft were placed in commission on that day in time to strike repeatedly at the enemy ship-borne invasion forces. Again from 11 to 15 November the Aviation Units under his command attacked the Japanese, destroying two cruisers, seven airplanes, and twelve transports contributing in great part to the success of our engagement in that area. Lieutenant Colonel Cooley's exceptional skill, leadership, and indomitable fighting spirit were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, Serial 00421 (SofN Signed May 21, 1943)

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Sat Nov 5 00:25:58 2011

He evidently got his middle name from his maternal grandfather, John Dustin Lane.