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Cook Equipment Remembers War Hero Jason Morrow

Wed August 06, 2008 - West Edition
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Cook Equipment Company hosted a memorial service at the company’s Fullerton, Calif., facility June 27 for Jason Morrow, a U.S. Marine killed in action in Iraq, a son of Bill Morrow, service manager of Cook Equipment Company.

Family and friends of Morrow, Cook employees, and Cook Equipment Company customers attended the service to say thanks to Morrow as well as all soldiers serving overseas.

Corporal Jason William Daniel Morrow, was killed in action June 27, 2006 in Taqaddum, Iraq, at the age of 27. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in December 2002. During his three tours in Iraq Jason was awarded the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Purple Heart.

Bill Morrow, Jason’s father is a service manager at Cook Equipment Company in Fullerton, Calif.

The service was highlighted by a Marine Color Guard, special music by Will Rogers of Cypress, a tribute by Pastor Jorge Aguayo of Calvary Chapel Golden Springs and a testimony by Morrow’s father, Bill.

Morrow was a big Angels fan and had a special relationship with the team. He proposed to his girlfriend on the field at Angel Stadium before a game. The players congratulated him and manager Mike Scioscia invited him to stand by the dugout for the national anthem.

The team was so impressed with Jason — both by his service in Iraq and his lifelong devotion to the Angels — that they invited him to return to throw out the first pitch before a playoff game against the Chicago White Sox.

Morrow returned the honor by sending the team a scrapbook he made detailing his time in Iraq and his love of Angels baseball.

Tim Mead, vice president of communications for the Anaheim Angels was on hand for the memorial service and shared a letter he had received from Morrow before he died. Mead said of Morrow, “He was a special young man. Just someone who wanted to give back to his country.”

The service was preceded with a barbecue lunch prepared by long-time Cook employee George Lyddiard. CEG

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