Veteran of the Day graphic for Thad Cochran.

Veteran of the Day graphic created by Dominique Ramirez for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Thad Cochran. He served from 1959-1961.

Cochran was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi on Dec. 7, 1937. After graduating from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1959, he began his service in the United States Navy.

Cochran was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve and served aboard the USS Macon (CA-132), a Baltimore-class heavy cruiser. He spent 18 months aboard the USS Macon, eventually becoming the ship’s legal officer. Upon the decommissioning of his ship, Cochran was transferred to New Orleans, Louisiana to finish his 2-year tour of duty assigned to the staff of the Commandant of the Eighth Naval District. Cochran completed his service with the United States Navy in 1961.

Cochran went on to earn a law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law and practiced law for several years before entering politics. In 1972, he was elected to Mississippi’s 4th congressional district and in 1978, he was elected the United States senator from Mississippi. Cochran held this position until retiring on April 1, 2018, making him one of the longest-serving senators in U.S. history.

Cochran passed away on May 30, 2019, at the age of 81.

We honor his service.

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Graphic designer: Dominique Ramirez

Editor: Leah Comins

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Published on Jun. 3, 2019

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  1. Robert Bostic June 4, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    We honor the service of Navy Veteran Thad Cochran.

  2. kinsey wolanski June 3, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    Cochran passed away on May 30, 2019, at the age of 81. may his soul rest on the lord

  3. Teri L Dougherty June 3, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Today, my Uncle Rick Williams age 69 passed away at his home in Indianapolis, Indiana. Rick was a Marine and was drafted during the Vietnam War.

    After serving overseas for two years, he was wounded by a stray bullet and hit in the arm. He lived the remainder of his years back here in Indiana. He was the youngest of seven kids. He has a son, Jason and two small grandchildren that will miss him very much.

    He struggled with his wounds from serving due to Ajmer Orange which was used in the jungles of Vietnam

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