"It was a very impressive day," Cook said of the early morning ceremony at the North Jetty in Boston Harbor. French Consul General Stephane Chmelewsky addressed the servicemen and women. Cook, 76, joined the U.S. Army on Nov. 6, 1943, when he was 19 years old. He sailed overseas on the Aquitania, the sister ship of the Lusitania, which was sunk by a German submarine. "We all wanted to join up because America had been attacked in Pearl Harbor," he said yesterday. "If you didn't go and join up, therewas something wrong with you.During the war, Cook was a cryptographer, trained in using and breaking secret codes. He was one of 360 soldiers who initiallytrained and one of 40 who made the cut, serving in the 3110 SignalService Battalion. Every year the soldiers he served with reunite fora weekend.
The Unit after the war: I came to Berlin in July 1946. The 3110th Signal Service Bn was housed in a group of apartments on Sundgauer Strasse right next to the S-bahn station. The complex was fenced in with a guard at the entrance. They were renovating the buildings at McNair Barracks, Which I believe we only knew as ‘Telefunken’ at that time. When the buildings were ready the 3110th moved into the first building on the left as you passed through the Goerzallee gate. During the airlift of 48-49 I pulled 8 hour shifts manning a radio at the top of the Funkturm. During the day an elevator operator took us to the top, but the midnight shift had to walk up or down all 767 steps. I was just praying that one of those airlift planes would not crash into the Funkturm. I must say, I really enjoyed my tour of duty there in Berlin.