Nathan E. Cook was born in Hershey, Michigan on
10 Oct 1885. He enlisted in the Navy at Kansas
City, Missouri as a cabin boy on 09 April 1901
and was assigned to the U.S.S. Pensacola.
served his country for forty-four years, seeing
action in the Boxer Rebellion in China, the
Philippine Insurrection, clashes along the
U.S.-Mexican border and participated in WW I as
commander of a sub chaser which sank two German
U-boats. He also fought in WWII and was stationed
at Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Panama.
the age of 106, he was considered to be the
oldest veteran at the time of his death, and the
only survivor of the Spanish-American War. He
passed away on 13 Oct 1992 in Phoenix where he
was a resident at the Veteran Medical Center. He
was laid to rest at the National Memorial
Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona.