Emmanuel Kwame Donkor/Dennis Osei Gyamfi, GNA
Accra, June 30, GNA - The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), has pronounced the late Ex-Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) James Cole a hero and a patriot, as they said their final farewell to the Former Forces Sergeant Major.
Speaking at the burial service of the honourably fallen CWO James Cole at the St Martin of Tours Catholic Church on Friday, Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Daniel Danakpor, said, late CWO Cole was not only a hero in military circles but was also a patriot whose virtues were recognized at the highest levels of government.
He said the late CWO Cole served the armed forces for 45 meritorious years, adding that; “Joseph Campbell, an American Scholar once said; ‘a hero is someone who has given his life to something bigger than himself’, and that is exactly what Cole did for Ghana”.
Lieutenant Colonel Danakpor said Ex-CWO Cole was rare repository of vast array of military knowledge especially in drill, customs and traditions of the Service, administration, tactics, leadership and skill-at-arms.
He said the Ex-CWO was a father and a role model to all in the armed forces, after his leadership qualities, determination, moral aptitude, and commitment to the profession gained recognition from his supervisors.
He said in recognition of the Ex-CWO’s loyalty and exemplary service to the country, he was decorated with the Member of the Order of the Volta (Military Division) in 2007 by former President John Agyekum Kuffuor.
“The exploits and success of our departed comrade was not restricted to Ghana but was felt internationally in International Peace Support Operations theatres where he served and was decorated with Peace Medals for service with the United Nations Emergency Force II (UNEF II) Medal.
“Others were the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the United Nations Transitional Administration in Cambodia (UNTAC) Medals,” he said.
Lieutenant Colonel Danakpor said the totality of Ex-CWO Cole’s immense service, outstanding contributions, and unblemished record will remain in the hearts of the army for posterity.
Mrs Cole, the widow of the 73 year-old, in a tribute to her late husband, said he was a great man of blessing to their family of four children, the Ghana Armed Forces, and the nation.
She said the Ex-Cole was a remarkable young man, who was intelligent, brave, knowledgeable, confident, and charming, and that she would always cherish the time they had together.
The burial service was graced by Former President of the Republic of Ghana, Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings, Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa, the Chief of Defence Staff, and Major General Opoku Adusei, the Former General of the Army Staff, among other dignitaries in the GAF.