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Taps: Brigadier General Irwin K. Cockett, Jr.

December 28, 2020

Brigadier General Irwin K. Cockett, Jr., 90, born on August 24, 1930, passed November 5, 2020. Born and raised on the island of Kaua’i. He was an alumnus of Kamehameha Schools, class of 1948.

Preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth L. (Huddy) Cockett, daughter, Yokette (Cockett) Choi, grandson Tyler K. Williams. Survived by daughters, Mylabeth K. (Cockett) Williams (George Williams) and Punahele (Cockett) Pires, companion Ernestine Young, 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. 

Irwin had a full life of challenges, adventures and adversity. He went from “Yoka the Beach Boy to Brigadier General” in the National Guard. Surfing and paddling for Hui Nalu at Kuhio Beach transformed to becoming a soldier in a foxhole during the Korean War. His military career was highlighted when he became the first local boy in the 10th Special Forces (Airborne). Irwin severed 3 combat tours in Vietnam as a helicopter gunship pilot, retiring from the Army and joining the Hawai’i National Guard. 

Later he was appointed to the Hawai’i State Veterans Services and served on multiple state, city and private business boards. Irwin successfully completed 22+ marathons, 3 Tinman triathlons and 3 Rough Water swim competitions. 

Irwin lived his life with Strength, Courage, Determination and Humility. He will be forever loved and remembered. Warrior, rest in Eternal Peace and Honor.

Services to determined later due to COVID restrictions.

Retiree News extends heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.

Webmaster Comment: Please take time to review his official bio. We added the citations to his Distinguished Flying Cross and Silver Star awards.


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