Thomas C. Cock
Colonel, United States Air Force
a contemporary press report:
Retired Colonel Thomas C. Cock, a medical doctor who is believed to be the last World War II combat veteran to retire from the Air Force, died January 27, 2005, in Washington state. He was 79.
Cock served 45 years in the military, starting — he told United Press International in a 1991 interview — with World War II, which he called the “moral war” and ending as American troops began the buildup for the Persian Gulf War.
Cock started out aboard B-24 Liberators, but
after the war, pursued a medical degree.
At that time, he was chief of hospital services at the Air Force hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany, and so supervised the treatment of the 52 American hostages who had been held by Iran for more than a year.
Cock, who joined the Army Air Forces in 1943, retired from the Air Force on November 9, 1990.
Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, August 2006
COCK, THOMAS CHARLES SR