Frank E. Cooley
Comrade Cooley was only Department
Commander for 16 days when he died on
October 15, 1945 at the age of 98. His friend,
and Dept. Commander John W. Hayes had died
on September 29, 1945, at age 101.
In past years he served as Dept. Assistant Adj.
and Quartermaster General. He was the last
member of Lew Benedict Post No. 5 in Albany.
He was born January 22, 1847. He volunteered
in service July 19, 1864 and was with Co. H, 8th
Mass. Inf., under Col. Benjamin F. Peach. He
served 114 days and was discharged November
Journal of the 1946 NY Dept. GAR