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Lieutenant Pete Cone attended The University of Virginia for the 1938 and 1939 academic years before leaving for the workforce. Lieutenant Cone was employed by American Suppliers Incorporated.
During World War II, Lieutenant Cone served on the USS Leopold DE-319. This ship was later torpedoed by a German Submarine 650 miles west of Scotland where 171 of the 199 men on board, including Lieutenant Cone, were killed. In addition to his service, Lieutenant Cone was awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal Ribbon. A plaque honoring Pete Cone and other University of Virginia alumni who lost their lives during WWII can be found on Grounds.
The Pete Cone Memorial Scholarship was established in 2021 by Pete Cone’s nephew, and Raven Society member, Berkley Cone ’72, and the surviving members of the Pete Cone family.