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|26k||Alvin Chester Cockrell Jr., the son of Dr. and Mrs. Alvin C. Cockrell, was born in Hazelhurst, Miss, on 18 September 1918. Known as Chester, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine
Corps Reserve on 01 May 1937 and served as an enlisted man until accepting an appointment as 2nd lieutenant, USMCR, on 25 June 1940. Over the next two years, Cockrell served at Marine barracks
at Quantico, Guantanamo Bay, Parris Island, and New River, N.C. He was appointed a 1st lieutenant on 02 December 1941. Ultimately assigned to Company "B", 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, Fleet
Marine Force, he landed with the 7th Marines on Guadalcanal on his 24th birthday, 18 September 1942.
Within a week, the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, was to conduct a reconnaissance in force of the region between the Matanikau River and the village of Kokumbona, led by the colorful Lieutenant Colonel Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC. They departed the perimeter of the Marine defenses on 23 September. The point of Puller's battalion surprised elements of the Japanese Oka Detachment as they were sitting down cooking rice on the slopes of Mount Austen (Mambulo), late the following afternoon, 24 September, south of Lunga Point. The
sound of firing having alerted the enemy's main body, a brisk battle ensued. As it developed, 1st Lt. Cockrell, heedless of his own personal safety, led the assault on a strongly held Japanese position under heavy machine gun and rifle fire. Personally leading one of his platoons in the assault, he was shot through the head and killed in the ensuing action, one of seven Marines who died in the engagement. For his conspicuous devotion to duty and his exhibition of bravery under fire, Cockrell was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross and Purple Heart.
USS Alvin C. Cockrell (DE 366) (1944-1962) was the first ship to be named in his honor. (Photo courtesy of the web site Missing Marines)
|193k||October 1955: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Two views of USS Alvin C. Cockrell (DE 366) at Pearl Harbor, one as she is passing Hospital Point inbound to the Naval Station, and the second from the same vantage point as she's oubound.||Nick Tiberio|
|37k||USS Alvin C. Cockrell (DE 366) departs San Diego, California in this undated photograph. Note "E" markings on both Mount 51 and 52, and the
Escort Division insignia on her stack.
(U.S. Naval Historical Center Photo #USN1043597, Photo and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships)
England, United Kingdom
|91k||date / location unknown|
|151k||October 1957, San Francisco Bay (Photo © Allied Photographers, San Francisco, Cal.)||Robert M. Cieri|
|286k||26 April 1958: At Sea - USS Alvin C. Cockrell (DE 366) underway, with her crew at quarters. Note that the ship has been recently refitted with a trainable
Hedgehog mount replacing her forward twin 40mm gun mount.
(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 107605 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|416k||27 September 1958: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - USS Alvin C. Cockrell (DE 366) moored outboard of USS Colahan (DD 658) at a city wharf. (Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo #CVA 447-8705 from the City of Vancouver Archives)||Navsource|
|76k||circa 1959: USS Alvin C. Cockrell (DE-366) underway. (U.S. Navy Photo; from "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1964 - 65")||Bob Hurst|
England, United Kingdom
|617k||February 1962: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Alvin C. Cockrell is shown departing Pearl Harbor, for WestPac, as flagship of Escort Division 72. She sailed in the company of Vammen (DE 644), Marsh (DE 699), and Charles E. Brannon (DE 446). The photo was taken at Hospital Point, a favorite spot of Navy photographers at Pearl. Many ship portraits were taken from this area.||Bill Lavine|
|194k||23 August 1966: the Pacific off San Diego, Cal. - Alvin C. Cockrell maneuvering alongside USS Walton (DE 361) during a training exercise off San Diego as part of Cruise 8E-RC.||Ken W. Sayers|
USS Walton (DE 361)
|135k||undated: Alvin C. Cockrell is shown off the coast from San Diego. This appears to be a ship portrait from Marine Photos of San Diego, Cal.||Nick Tiberio|
|Alvin C. Cockrell Memorabilia|
|1962 Far East
|Alvin C. Cockrell History|
|View the USS Alvin C. Cockrell (DE 366) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Alvin C. Cockrell as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
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