Virginia Heroes

Thomas Edward Cooney

Captain, Marine Corps

Born: July 24, 1917
Hometown: Prince William County, VA
Entered: November 8, 1940
Served In: Korea, World War II
Casualty Date: November 27, 1950
Died In: Yudam-ni, North Korea
Awards: American Campaign Medal, American Defense Medal, Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Purple Heart, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Silver Star, United Nations Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal

Served with the 1st Marine Division, 7th Marine Regiment, 3rd Battalion, G Company. While attempting to disengage his Company, and return to Hill 1425 near Yudam-ni, North Korea, Captain Cooney went forward to direct the final effort. As the final withdrawl was nearing completion, he was checking positions to make sure none of his men were being left behind, when he was killed by an enemy sniper. Several men from the Company were wounded while attempting to assist Captain Cooney.

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