Sam (Samuel A. J. Cockayne)
Samuel A. & Beulah (Smith) Cockayne.
World War II Military Record of Samuel A. J. Cockayne
By Nila Chaddock.
As did many of Marshall County’s young men, both Samuel Cockayne and his brother, John, served in the military during World War II. Samuel was 21 years old when he entered into active service of the United States Army on July 23, 1942. His civilian occupation was a farmer; his military occupation specialty was as a Radio Operator.
According to his separation papers filed in the Marshall County Clerk’s office on the 28th of September, 1945, the “Battles and Campaigns” in which Samuel Cockayne participated were in the Central Pacific; Southern Philippines; Luzon, New Guinea, Eastern Mandates; Ryukus and Aleutian Islands. He qualified as a rifle marksman and carbine sharpshooter, and he served as a signal corpsman to lead landing parties onto Japanese-occupied islands. His classification and unit was Technician 4th Grade, 75th Signal Company Special. Under “Decorations and Citations,” it is noted that Mr. Cockayne was awarded an Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 7 Bronze Stars; a Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 2 Bronze Stars; and a Good Conduct Ribbon per SO 27 /44 Hq 75th Sig. Co. Each Bronze Star signifies a major battle in which Mr. Cockayne was involved. He was never wounded in action.
Samuel Cockayne was honorably discharged on September 23, 1945 from the Army of the United States. His Record of Honorable Discharge attests that...“This certificate is awarded as a testimonial of HONEST AND FAITHFUL SERVICE to this country.”
Moundsville Echo, October 1, 1945.