Archive for December, 2015


We lost a dear friend last night.

December 2, 2015
We are sad to report that our dear friend, Burdell O. Cobb, a retired Chief Aviation Machinist Mate, Pearl Harbor survivor and Distinguished Flying Cross recipient passed away peacefully in his sleep last night. He was an exceptionally honorable, loyal, generous-of-heart man and we will miss him dearly.  Our prayers are with his family and community and we ask you to please remember them in yours.

We thank and honor this extraordinarily great man for his service and sacrifice to our nation.  RIP, dear friend.


Burdell_closeupAR-140709802U.S. Navy photo by Theresa GoldstrandCommand Master Chief Charles Grandin, third from right, and the China Lake Chiefs Association honor retired Chief Aviation Machinist Mate Burdell O. Cobb during a flag raising ceremony June 27 at China Lake. Cobb, a Pearl Harbor survivor and Distinguished Flying Cross recipient, was recently in Ridgecrest visiting family.

NAWCWD honors Pearl Harbor survivor

By Theresa Goldstrand
Posted Jul. 8, 2014 at 12:48 AM

Retired Chief Aviation Machinist Mate Burdell O. Cobb, is a Pearl Harbor survivor and Distinguished Flying Cross recipient, was honored June 27 with a flag raising ceremony at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake.  “It’s great to be here,” Cobb said. “Thank you. I’m overwhelmed.”  When NAWS Command Master Chief Charles Grandin learned that Cobb was visiting, he and the China Lake Chief Petty Officers’ Association arranged the honorary flag raising ceremony.  “We wanted to honor Chief Cobb for his contribution to our country,” said Grandin. “He is an inspiration to us all.”

Cobb was in Ridgecrest visiting his sister, Lorene Carter, and family. Family members included Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division employees Howard Wise, Denise Wise and Kary Thomas.  An Arkansas native, Cobb was stationed at Ford Island with the VJ-1 PBY squadron. According to a previously recorded account, on Dec.7, 1941, Cobb had just reported to duty for the 8 .m.-to-noon watch. He saw smoke from fires across the channel at Pearl Harbor and called in a fire alarm. At the same time, a wave of “low flying Japanese fighter planes strafed the area.”  Cobb fired his 45 pistol into the belly of a passing aircraft. It caught afire, circled and dove into the deck of a nearby ship. The resulting fire was quickly extinguished by the ship’s crew.

His account can be seen at: .

Cobb was later assigned to squadron VJ-2.He served as a flight engineer in Okinawa. Cobb was later awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal. It is awarded for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. Cobb served with Patrol Squadron Forty-Six (VP-46) in Korea between June 27 to Nov. 19, 1950.  In 1959, following the end of the Korean conflict, Cobb was transferred to Dodge City, Kansas. He served as a Navy recruiter. After 22 years of service, Cobb retired in 1962.


Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Korean War

(Citation Needed) – SYNOPSIS: Chief Aviation Machinist’s Mate Burdell O. Cobb, United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight while serving with Patrol Squadron FORTY-SIX (VP-46), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea from 27 June to 19 November 1950.

General Orders: All Hands (February 1953)

Action Date: June 27 – November 19, 1950
Service: Navy
Rank: Chief Aviation Machinist’s Mate
Company: Patrol Squadron 46 (VP-46)