About Brig. General Erle Cocke, Jr.
Erle Cocke, Jr. was a Brigadier General in the National Guard of the United States.
A native of Dawson, Georgia, Cocke was born on May 10, 1921. Cocke attended the University of Georgia where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Literary Society and later Harvard University. He would marry Madelyn Grotnes and have three children. Cocke died on April 23, 2000 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Cocke was first commissioned an officer in the United States Army in 1942 and served in World War II. Later in 1951, when President Harry S. Truman relieved General Douglas MacArthur of his duties during the Korean War, Cocke would voice his support of MacArthur. Awards he received during his career include the Silver Star, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart with three oak leaf clusters, as well as the Croix de guerre of France.
From 1950 to 1951 he served as National Commander of the American Legion.
After serving as an aide to Secretary of State George Marshall and Secretary of Defense Robert A. Lovett, Cocke was appointed a U.S. delegate to the United Nations General Assembly by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1959. He held a position in the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development during the administrations of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1964 and 1966 he ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for a seat in the United States House of Representatives to represent Georgia's 3rd congressional district.