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Gerald Allan Cooper, MSgt., USAF (KIA)July 10, 1938 – September 25, 1970
Cooper, Gerald Allan KIA 1970, Sep 25KIAJuly 10, 1938 – September 25, 1970Rank during tour: MSgt., Position: Gunner, Tour Dates: 69 – 70http://thewall-usa.com/info.asp?recid=10373
US Air Force MSGT Gerald Allan Cooper, Vietnam Veteran and resident of Peru, Indiana.
US Air Force Master Sergeant Gerald Allan Cooper was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Air Force, MSGT Cooper served our country until September 25th, 1970 in Tuyen Duc, South Vietnam. He was 32 years old and was married. It was reported that Gerald died when his helicopter crashed. His body was recovered. Gerald was born on July 10th, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan. MSGT Cooper is on panel 07W, line 089 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.
MSgt. Cooper also served in Vietnam with the 4th Air Commando/4th Special Operations Squadron prior to serving with the 20th SOS. I believe he served in 1968-1969. He was an aerial gunner on AC-47D Spooky Gunships. I served with Jerry in both organizations and would like to see him or any veteran get the recognition he deserves, especially since he gave his life for his country! Thank you, CMSgt Bruce H. Maine, USAF (Ret)
MSgt. Gerald Allan Cooper served as a Master Sergeant with the 4th Air Commando/4th Special Operations Squadron prior to serving with the 20th Special Operations Squadron, 7th Air Force, United States Air Force, Vietnam.
He was awarded US Air Force Air Crew Wings Insignia, The Purple Heart Medal, The Air Medal with Multiple Devices, The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Presidential Unit Citation and The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with The “V” device for Valor, The National Defense Service Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Vietnam Campaign Medal and The Vietnamese Gallantry Cross w/Palm Unit Citation.
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