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Col William Earl "Coop" Cooper
Birth: Sep. 16, 1920
Albany
Dougherty County
Georgia, USA
Death: Apr. 24, 1966, Vietnam

In Memory of Col. William Earl Cooper.
*** Colonel Cooper was the squadron commander of the 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Korat Airbase, Thailand. On April 24, 1966, he was the pilot of a Thunderchief Fighter (F-105D) on a strike mission on a highway-railroad bridge north of Hanoi, North Vietnam. As his aircraft approached the target, it was hit by a surface to air Missile, broke in half and crashed. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial


You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!


WILLIAM EARL COOPER - Air Force - COL - O6
Age: 47
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Sep 16, 1920
From: ALBANY, GA
Religion: METHODIST
Marital Status: Married

***** JOHN COOPER - son from hobbs, nm.
DAD, I'm speaking on behalf of everyone that loves you. We all miss you and want you to come home. There are additional members in the family, now, from Carolyn, Bill and me, Amy and Clay that you haven't seen. They are growing up pretty quick, so you need to hurry up and get home. We will be waiting, however long it takes. We all love you and always will and we will never, ever give up till the day we die.
I LOVE YOU, JOHNNY
Monday, May 24, 1999

***** "United States World War II Army Enlistment Records"
Name: William E Cooper
Event Type: Military Service
Event Date: 16 Sep 1940
Event Place: Albany, Georgia, United States
Race: White
Citizenship Status: citizen
Birth Year: 1920
Birthplace: ALABAMA
Education Level: 4 years of high school
Civilian Occupation: Express messengers and railway mail clerks
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Military Rank: Private
Army Branch: Infantry
Army Component: National Guard



His tour began on Apr 24, 1966
Casualty was on April 24, 1966
In , NORTH VIETNAM
Hostile, died while missing, FIXED WING - PILOT
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was not recovered

Panel 06E - Line 131


On April 24, 1966, Lt. Col. William Cooper was the pilot of a Thunderchief Fighter (F-105D) on a strike mission on the Phu Lang Thuong Bridge, north of Hanoi, Vietnam.

As his aircraft approached the target, it was hit by a surface to air Missile, broke in half and crashed.

Jerry D. Driscoll, who became a POW., who was released from Hanoi, on 12, February 1973. Lt. Col. William Cooper's remains were not recovered.


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Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Memorial Section K, Site 220
 
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Record added: Dec 22, 2010
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