Cherokee Nation honors World War II veteran in January



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Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Buel Anglen, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, U.S. Navy veteran John Cockrum and daughter Debbie Cockrum Harrod, and Principal Chief Bill John Baker.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation honored World War II veteran John Andrew Cockrum at the January Tribal Council meeting on Tuesday.
Cockrum, 91, of Tulsa, was recognized by Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, acknowledging his service and sacrifice with the tribe’s Medal of Patriotism award.
Cockrum was born in 1926 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943. After completing basic training, he became certified to work on submarines and was later assigned to the USS Piranha in California. During his time aboard the USS Piranha, Cockrum served as a quartermaster, a helmsman and an assistant to the officer on deck. He served on the USS Piranha through World War II and the surrender of the Japanese. Cockrum received two medals for his service and an honorable discharge in 1946.
“I’d like to show my appreciation and thanks to the Tribal Council and the tribe for this great honor,” Cockrum said.
Each month the Cherokee Nation recognizes Cherokee service men and women for their sacrifices and as a way to demonstrate the high regard in which all veterans are held by the tribe. Native Americans, including Cherokees, are thought to have more citizens serving per capita than any other ethnic group according to the U.S. Department of Defense. To nominate a veteran who is a Cherokee Nation citizen, please call 918-772-4166.


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