John J. Cooney, of 15 Summit Street, East Orange, New Jersey, disappeared on a night navigation problem off Tinian on April 12, 1945.
Bakos, Cooney, and Michael were the crew of an Avenger torpedo bomber, TBM3 #23299.
PFC John Joseph Cooney. Photo taken in the Bronx, probably in 1943.
Cooney qualified as an aerial gunner with high marks.
Cooney’s EGA emblems and marksmanship awards. He is wearing these in his formal portrait.
Cooney’s weapons qualification badges.
An aircrew insignia.
As an aerial gunner, Cooney would have had this patch sewn to his left sleeve at the wrist.
Cooney’s hard-earned corporal chevrons.
There are no names or location on this photo, but it is likely that Cooney, Bakos, and Michael are among the Marines pictured.