The son of Dr. Benjamin Harvey Cook, Harvey Weir Cook graduated from high school at Anderson, Indiana. While attending Washington and Jefferson College, he applied for a passport on 6 March 1917 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His goal was to do ambulance work for the Red Cross in France. When the United States entered the war, Cook transferred to the American Air Service and, after training, was assigned as a pilot to the 94th Aero Squadron. Flying the SPAD XIII, he was credited with seven victories including four balloons. During World War II, he was killed in a crash whilst flying the Curtiss P-40.
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harvey Weir Cook, Captain (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Crepion, France, October 30, 1918. Captain Cook attacked three enemy bi-place planes at an altitude of 1,000 meters. After a few minutes of severe fighting his guns jammed, but after clearing the jam he returned to the attack, shot down one of his adversaries in flames, and forced the other two to retire to their own lines.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Oak Leaf Cluster
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harvey Weir Cook, Captain (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-de-Dole, France, August 1, 1918. Sighting six enemy mono- place planes at an altitude of 3,500 meters, Captain Cook, attacked them despite their numerical superiority, shooting down one and driving off the others.