COOKE, BARRY T.
Name: Barry T. Cooke
Rank/Branch: Lt. Commander/US Navy
Unit: VA 36, USS ROOSEVELT
Home City: Austin TX
Date of Loss: 02 February 1991
Country of Loss: Kuwait
Status: Missing in Action
Status in 2002: KIA/BNR
Other Personnel in Incident: Patrick K. Connor (missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 09 March 1991 from one
or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources,
published sources, interviews. Update 2011 POW NETWORK.
REMARKS: OPERATION DESERT STORM
SYNOPSIS: The Grumman A6 Intruder is a two-man, all weather, low-altitude,
carrier based attack plane, with versions adapted as aerial tanker and
electronic warfare platform. The A6A primarily flies close air support, all
weather and night attacks on enemy troop concentrations, and night
interdiction missions. Its advanced navigation and attack system allows
small precision targets, such as bridges, barracks and fuel depots to be
located and attacked in all weather conditions, day or night. Their crews
are among the most talented and most courageous to serve the United States.
Lt.Cdr. Barry T. Cooke and LTJG Patrick Connor are Intruder pilots assigned
to Attack Squadron 36 (the "Roadrunners") onboard the USS ROOSEVELT in the
Persian Gulf. The Squadron's home base is at Oceana Naval Station, Norfolk,
On February 2, 1991, the Intruder on which Cooke was the pilot and Connor
the co-pilot, was shot down off the coast of Kuwait during a strike mission
against Iraqi warships. Cooke and Connor were declared Missing in Action.
Search and rescue efforts were conducted for five days and then suspended,
without having found the missing airmen. Aircraft wreckage was located in
the water off Kuwait City, and according to one Connor family friend, the
Navy changed the status of the airmen to lost at sea. However, Pentagon
spokesmen, as of February 7, still list the two as Missing in Action.
Connor's family, who has been intervied by various media, has hope that the
two were able to eject safely and survive or be captured.
Barry T. Cooke was a native of Austin, Texas and was a 1973 graduate of Austin
McCallum High School. He was married, and he and wife, Letitia, and their
three children lived in Virginia.
Operation Desert Storm, 1991:
Lt. Cmdr. Barry T. Cooke, U.S. Navy, was lost on Feb. 2, 1991, when his
A-6 aircraft went down in the Persian Gulf
Lt. Robert J. Dwyer, U.S. Navy, was lost on Feb. 5, 1991, when his FA-18
aircraft went down in the Persian Gulf
Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003-2010
Staff Sgt. Ahmed K. Altaie, U.S. Army, was lost on Oct. 23, 2006 while
serving in Iraq as a translator for the U.S. military
Mr. Kirk Von Ackermann, DoD contractor, was lost on Oct. 9, 2003, while
working in Forward Operating Base Pacesetter, Iraq
Mr. Timothy E. Bell, DoD contractor, was lost on April 9, 2004, while
working in Baghdad, Iraq
Mr. Adnan al-Hilawi, DoD contractor, was lost on March 3, 2007, while
working in Baghdad, Iraq"
There are six total.
Sgt. Bergdahl is not included in this number as he is missing from
operations in Afghanistan.