The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and Presidio of Monterey dedicated Friday Oct. 17, in a ribbon cutting ceremony, a state-of-the-art learning facility in memory of Marine Corps Col. Donald Cook.
In December 1964, then a 1st Lt., Cook became the first Marine captured in Vietnam. He would be posthumously awarded the nation's highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, in 1980.
Cook Hall marks the completion of the last of three General Instruction Buildings planned for the Institute that teaches 23 foreign languages and houses more than 4,000 students.
The building is the third and final structure that was a part of an $81 million military construction project and will enable DLIFLC to consolidate students and faculty on the Presidio of Monterey and give up leases held in surrounding areas.
Story and Photo Credits
Story by Natela Cutter, Mission PAO
Photos by Sal Marullo
Photo 1 - L->R: Col. Paul Fellinger, POM Commander; Representative Sam Farr; Col. Cook's son.
Photo 2 - L->R: Col. David Chapman, DLIFLC Commandant, and members of the Cook family stand next to Col. Cook's memorial plaque.