Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 5, Number 3, September, 1995 Page: 118
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Franklin Reese of Eagle Lake was on the same carrier as Cook. About a month
after the sinking, on October 14, 1942, Reese, one of the vast majority of crew members
who were saved, came home on an unexpected leave. He was tight-lipped about the
reason that he was home, and about what had happened in the Pacific. Reese's situation
with the Cook family was very awkward indeed, since they were anxious for news of
their own son. Finally, later that month, when the news broke that Wasp had been sunk
and that Cook was listed as missing, Reese was free to talk, and went to visit the Cook
family. He also gave some details of the sinking to the Eagle Lake Headlight.14
The news prompted Lizzie Westmoreland to write a verse, which was
published in the Headlight on October 30, 1942:
Lost in Action
(In memory of "Billy" by Miss Lizzie)
In action, yes, for action was a part of him.
His very life was in the work he did.
His greatest joy was in a task well done.
While still a boy in school he planned ahead.
For extra tests and problems that would help him
To a better understanding of the lessons for the day.
His classmates looked to him for leadership
And so full well we know the boys in his command
Had able leadership, courageous, brave and true.
We'll grieve for him tis true
Tears come when someone speaks of him
Or if we even think of him as gone.
But greater than our grief will be the glory
Of the life he filled so full of wholesome living,
And our joy in having shared with him
A part of his abundant well spent life.
Then glowing with the memory of the courageous giving
Our own lives must reflect that courage
In the will to give ourselves in service constantly
As other boys at home and overseas must carry on
Until the fighting's done and Freedom and the right to live
For all the world is won.
Layton, And I Was There: Unlocking the Secrets of Pearl Harbor and Midway (New York: William Morrow &
14 Eagle Lake Headlight, October 23, 1942, October 30, 1942.
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