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POW/MIA Col. Kelly F. CookPOW/MIA Col. Kelly F. Cook
POW/MIA Col. Kelly F. Cook

Air Force Capt. Kelly Cook (left), a pilot who flew early generation fighter bombers, shakes the hand of another officer circa 1950s. Cook, the father of 512th Airlift Wing Commander Col. Raymond A. Kozak’s wife Maureen, was a member of the Iowa Air National Guard when he was called to active federal service in support of the Korean War. Cook was later declared missing in action in 1967 after his F-4C was shot down over North Vietnam. (Submitted photo)
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POW/MIA Col. Kelly F. CookPOW/MIA Col. Kelly F. Cook
POW/MIA Col. Kelly F. Cook

Air Force Capt. Kelly Cook, a pilot who flew early generation fighter bombers, stands outside an F-94 aircraft circa mid-1950s. Cook, the father of 512th Airlift Wing Commander Col. Raymond A. Kozak’s wife Maureen, was later declared missing in action in 1967 after his F-4C was shot down over North Vietnam. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Mercedes Crossland)
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POW/MIA Col. Kelly F. CookPOW/MIA Col. Kelly F. Cook
POW/MIA Col. Kelly F. Cook

Framed left is the University of Notre Dame yearbook photo of Kelly F. Cook, who had several pieces of literary work published while attending the Indiana college, including two pieces of poetry (upright center), which can be found in the home of his daughter Maureen, the wife of Col. Raymond A. Kozak, the 512th Airlift Wing commander at Dover Air Force Base, Del. One semester shy of graduating UND, Cook joined the Army Air Corps (photo on right) and wrote about his experiences as a bomber pilot during World War II (photo on left). Cook was later declared missing in action, and peers from the Air Force Academy compiled and published his stories in a book released in 1992. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Mercedes Crossland)
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POW/MIA Col. Kelly F. CookPOW/MIA Col. Kelly F. Cook
POW/MIA Col. Kelly F. Cook

Maureen Kozak, the wife of Col. Raymond A. Kozak, the 512th Airlift Wing commander at Dover Air Force Base, Del., holds the formal memorandum dated Nov. 11, 1967, which notified Maureen’s mother of the circumstances that led to the missing status of Lt. Col. Kelly Cook. Maureen’s father was initially listed as missing in action and later declared killed in action, body not recovered. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Mercedes Crossland)
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POW/MIA Col. Kelly F. CookPOW/MIA Col. Kelly F. Cook
POW/MIA Col. Kelly F. Cook

Maureen Kozak holds her father’s medals and displays a Prisoner of War Missing in Action bracelet bearing his name. Col. Kelly F. Cook was a fighter pilot who was listed as MIA in Vietnam and was later declared killed in action, body not recovered. Cook’s medals include a Purple Heart, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and four Air Medals. Maureen has corresponded with several supporters across the nation who have worn a POW/MIA bracelet with her father’s name on it, including a family she sends a Christmas card to every year. Maureen wore her bracelet as a teenager through adulthood until it broke; it’s now stored for safekeeping. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Mercedes Crossland)
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POW/MIA Col. Kelly F. CookPOW/MIA Col. Kelly F. Cook
POW/MIA Col. Kelly F. Cook

Pictured is Air Force Maj. Kelly Cook, one of the first Air Force Academy professors. He taught AF cadets English from 1959 to 1963 and was later declared killed in action, body not recovered, leaving behind a wife and six children, including Maureen Kozak, the wife of Col. Raymond A. Kozak, the 512th Airlift Wing commander at Dover Air Force Base, Del. (Submitted photo)
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POW/MIA Col. Kelly F. CookPOW/MIA Col. Kelly F. Cook
POW/MIA Col. Kelly F. Cook

Kelly M. Cook, center, is the grandson and namesake of Air Force pilot Col. Kelly F. Cook, a fighter pilot who was declared missing in action in 1967, after his F-4C aircraft was shot down in North Vietnam. The grandson bears a resemblance to his grandfather whose student yearbook photo from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, appears on right. (Submitted photo)
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POW/MIA Col. Kelly F. Cook

Maureen Kozak, the wife of Col. Raymond A. Kozak, 512th Airlift Wing commander at Dover Air Force Base, Del., sits on her mother’s lap for a family photo taken in 1963 in the United Kingdom. Her brother Brian sits on the lap of their father Maj. Kelly Cook, who was declared missing in action four years after this photo was taken. Mrs. Joanne Cook was expecting their sixth child in this photo. (Submitted photo)
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POW/MIA Col. Kelly F. Cook

Army Air Corps Lieutenant Kelly Cook (front, center), poses for a photo with his B-24 flight crew in 1944. The bomber pilot, stationed in Italy, flew missions throughout the Mediterranean Theater of Operations during World War II. He also served during the Korean War and in Vietnam, where he was declared missing in action in 1967. (Submitted photo)
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POW/MIA Col. Kelly F. Cook

Air Force Maj. Kelly Cook (left) stands with the basketball team from Cranwell Royal Air Force College, United Kingdom, in 1965. Cook was assigned there as an English professor from 1963 to 1965. Two years later, Cook was declared missing in action in Vietnam. (Submitted photo)
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POW/MIA Col. Kelly F. Cook

Pictured on the bottom row, eighth in from left, Air Force Lt. Col. Kelly Cook takes a group photo circa 1966 with other F-4C fighter pilots while at combat crew training in Arizona before deploying to DaNang, Vietnam. Cook served as the 366th Tactical Fighter Wing assistant director of operations until a Nov. 10, 1967 mission, when his F-4C was shot down over North Vietnam. He was declared missing in action the next day. (Submitted photo)
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POW/MIA Col. Kelly F. Cook

On Father’s Day June 15, 2014, Caroline Kozak, the daughter of Maureen and Col. Raymond A. Kozak, 512th Airlift Wing commander at Dover Air Force Base, Del., rubs a pencil across her grandfather’s name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C. Her grandfather was an Air Force fighter pilot, who was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967 and was listed as missing in action until 1976, when he was declared killed in action, body not recovered. (Submitted photo)
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