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the "mayor of the pentagon" - died suspiciously

Posted 30 May 2012 at 02:50 AM by 22205


David O. Cooke - Known as "Mayor of the Pentagon", civil servant who was Director of Administration and Management at the Pentagon for decades died in a car accident at 82

page 400 here describes him as the guy who knew everything about the pentagon - even calling him the "godfather of the pentagon":

(a compilation of several news articles)
July 18, 2002
"He was not only its operational brains, but its spiritual ballast," said Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who presided over the memorial tribute on Friday in the center courtyard of the Pentagon.

Cooke served as the Pentagon's director of administration and management, as well as director of Washington Headquarters Services. In a position that carried great power, Cooke was remembered as much for his humanity as for his accomplishments.

Rumsfeld said it was Cooke who insisted on making many of the structural safety improvements in the Pentagon renovation that have been credited with protecting many lives in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.

"Without the steel walls, the Kevlar cloth, the blast-resistant windows that Doc insisted upon throughout the 1980s and the 1990s, many more than 184 lives would have been lost that day," Rumsfeld said.

On the day of the attack, Rumsfeld added, "Doc was right there, aiding the rescue workers, assisting with recovery operations and later remembering those who died in the service of their country."

Two days before the tribute at the Pentagon, Cooke was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. He was laid to rest in a spot across from the Pentagon, Rumsfeld noted, "on a hillside where he can continue to watch over the building and the institution."

Service for 'Mayor of the Pentagon'
Friday, Jul 12, 2002

Hundreds attended a Pentagon memorial service Friday for David O. Cooke, whose work at the U.S. military headquarters over four decades earned him the nickname "Mayor of the Pentagon."

Cooke, who served under 15 defense secretaries, was 81 and the Defense Department's highest-ranking career civil servant as department director of administration and management. He died June 22, 2002, as a result of injuries sustained in a June 6, 2002, car accident in Virginia.

Cooke was responsible for the physical plant and personnel administration of the Pentagon.
On June 6, 2002, Captain Cooke received severe head injuries and broken bones in his arms, legs and chest when the 1998 Ford he was driving flipped over several times after veering off the right side of Route 29 about 15 miles north of Charlottesville, according to the Greene County Sheriff's Office. He was airlifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center at Charlottesville, where he was in critical condition until he died, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

July 18, 2002
David O. ‘‘Doc’’ Cooke, 81, the high-ranking administrative director who was known as the ‘‘Mayor of the Pentagon’’ for his work over six decades to keep the gargantuan complex humming, died June 22 at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

He died of injuries received June 6 in a car accident two miles north of Ruckersville, Va., when his vehicle veered off Route 29 and rolled over several times, Greene County Sheriff William Morris said yesterday.It wasn’t known what caused the accident, Morris said.
2 miles north of Ruckersville, Va on RT29 (going south toward charlottesville like cooke):

stretch of road there with NO guardrails:

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    note: google maps is pointing NORTH above, when it should be pointed SOUTH. use the direction button and turn 180 degrees...

    btw - does anyone know - can blog posts be edited?
    Posted 30 May 2012 at 02:53 AM by 22205 22205 is offline
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    You should be able to edit blogs. Try the lower right hand corner of the post area and look for the pencil icon. That is the edit button.

    Posted 5 Jun 2012 at 17:37 PM by Phil Jayhan Phil Jayhan is offline
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    previous descriptions of cooke made him sound like a head custodian - in a janitorial sense to me... but recently i ran into this - a request for all witness accounts, ordered by cooke. i think it offers a whole different perspective on who cooke was, what he had access to, and thus why he may have become a loose end needing tying...

    larger version: http://imagehost.cc/image/MAuMj
    Posted 18 Feb 2019 at 04:41 AM by 22205 22205 is offline
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    Posted 18 Feb 2019 at 04:45 AM by 22205 22205 is offline

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