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Cooper, Donald Robert

Rank and Name, Aviation Radioman Second Class Donald Robert Cooper.

Unit/Placed in, Bombing Squadron 18 (VB-18), United States Naval Reserve.

 

Donald is born approx. 1923 in Missouri.

 

Father, Charles H. Cooper.

Mother, Ela Cooper.

Sisters, Katherina and Helen M. Cooper.

Brother, Jack Cooper.

 

Donald enlisted the service in Missouri with service number # 6290918.

 

Donald’s Crew-members and position on-board the plane a F6F-3 were,

 

Lt. jg.           Ernest A. Smith       Pilot

Arm2c.         Donald R. Cooper     Radio Operator

 

Donald was KIA in a bombing flight to Klirun Harbor, Formosa, when he was attacked by an enemy fighter on Oct. 12, 1944, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Air Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

 

Donald is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.

 

Thanks to http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/11.htm http://www.wa3key.com/intrepid.html Jean Louis Vijgen, ABMC, https://abmc.gov

P.O.W. info, Wes Injerd and Dwight Rider, http://www.mansell.com/pow-index.html  Air-Force, Rolland Swank NavyLog, http://navylog.navymemorial.org Familysearch.com, https://www.familysearch.org

Philippine Scouts Heritage Society,http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Marines Info Geoffrey Roecker, https://missingmarines.com/   

Medals Info, http://www.honorstates.org    

Hendriks Webdesign, https://hendrikswebdesign.nl/

 

October 13, 1944, Bombing Squadron 18 (USS Intrepid), Northern Luzon and Formosa attacks, COOPER, Donald R, ARM2, 6290918, (CasCode6222), dd October 13, 1945

Bombing Squadron 18 (VB-18)
f6f-3 Hellcat
His rank Aviation Radioman