Henry J. Cook, III Colonel US Army Special Forces (Retired)

Henry Cook was one of the originators of the Mississippi Viet Nam Veteran’s Memorial that now stands in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. He was a career Special Forces (Green Beret) officer, having served for 43 years of combined duty, active and reserve and was a Green Beret for 33 of those years.
His combat tours began in Viet Nam where in 1967-68, as a LT and CPT he was a member of the then top secret Mobile Guerrilla Forces, which involved the leading of native guerrilla troops in operations behind enemy lines and in areas denied to conventional military forces. He operated behind enemy lines for extended periods of time conducting guerrilla operations against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong targets.
In 1969-70, Henry Cook led a U. S. Special Forces Mobile Strike Force Battalion that consisted of American Green Beret officers and sergeants leading Cambodian mercenaries. These units were known as the MIKE FORCE and were tasked with both behind the lines raids and as mobile defense forces that were parachuted into areas around friendly military bases that came under siege or attack by enemy forces.
In 1990 Col. Cook was called back to active duty to serve at the U. S. Special Operations Command where he served as a Deputy Director of Special Operations and was responsible for the planning and execution of world-wide Special Operations missions involving U.S. Army Rangers, U.S. Army Special Forces, U.S. Navy Seals, and U.S. Air Force Special Operations units. He served in support of Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Operation Provide Comfort which provided relief and protection to the Kurds in Northern Iraq.
Henry Cook has been awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Special Forces Tab, two Purple Hearts and numerous U.S. and Foreign decorations.
Henry Cook served as the National Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart in 2007-2008. Henry Cook is presently a member of the Board of Directors of the Special Operations Association (SOA). Membership is limited to Free World forces who personally participated in missions deep inside hostile territory in a combat capacity.
He is now twice retired, as a soldier and as a lawyer and resides in Diamondhead, Mississippi.

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