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RICHARD WALLER COOPER JR


is honored on Panel 1W, Line 95 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Granddaughter

    Posted on 5/15/18
    I have never met my grandpa Richard, but I am the child of his eldest daughter and have always been fond of my mother's stories of him and have always wished to meet him. He has must have been a very kind man and has definitely left a positive impact on my life although I will never meet him.
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  • THANK YOU

    Posted on 1/21/18 - by Lucy Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear Major Richard Cooper,
    Thank you for your service as a Bombardier-Navigator. I am glad you were identified in 2003. Welcome Home. It is so important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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  • Friends Forever

    Posted on 12/18/17 - by Don Glenn donglenn@cox.net
    Dick and I went to high school and college together. He was always a fun guy to be around. We met up again at Westover for awhile and again at U-Tapao. I will always remember his quick smile and easy demeanor. You are always in my thoughts.
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  • Cousin

    Posted on 5/6/17 - by Melissa Pollitt Bright melissapbright@gmail.com
    You were grown and gone before I could remember more than barely knowing you, but your parents were dear to me to the end of their lives, and your brother John has a special place in my heart. I wore an MIA bracelet with your name on it from after your loss until well after the war was over. I have never met your wife and daughters (we live too far away), but as another daughter whose father died when she was very young, I have held them in my heart with both sorrow and affection. I am so proud of you, my cousin Richard, but after all these years, still weeping over your death and the heartbreak it brought to your loved ones. You are not, and will not be, forgotten. <3 Melissa, a cousin on your mother's side
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  • Final Mission of CAPT Richard W. Cooper Jr.

    Posted on 7/19/15 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    Frustrated by problems in negotiating a peace settlement, and pressured by a Congress and public wanting an immediate end to American involvement in Vietnam, President Nixon ordered the most concentrated air offensive of the war - known as Linebacker II - in December 1972. During the offensive, sometimes called the "Christmas bombings," 40,000 tons of bombs were dropped, primarily over the area between Hanoi and Haiphong. White House Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler said that the bombing would end only when all U.S. POWs were released and an internationally recognized cease-fire was in force. On the first day of Linebacker II, December 18, 129 B52s arrived over Hanoi in three waves, four to five hours apart. They attacked the airfields at Hoa Lac, Kep and Phuc Yen, the Kinh No complex and the Yen Vien railyards. The aircraft flew in tight cells of three aircraft to maximize the mutual support benefits of their ECM equipment and flew straight and level to stabilize the bombing computers and ensure that all bombs fell on the military targets and not in civilian areas. The pilots of the early missions reported that "wall-to-wall SAMS" surrounded Hanoi as they neared its outskirts. The first night of bombing, December 18 and 19, two B-52s were shot down by SAMs. Onboard the first aircraft shot down on December 18 was its pilot, LTCOL Donald L. Rissi and crewmen MAJ Richard E. Johnson, CAPT Richard T. Simpson, CAPT Robert G. Certain, 1LT Robert J. Thomas and SGT Walter L. Ferguson. Of this crew, Certain, Simpson and Johnson were captured and shown the bodies of the other crew members. Six years later on August 23, 1978, the bodies of Rissi, Thomas and Ferguson were returned to U.S. control by the Vietnamese. Certain, Simpson and Johnson were held prisoner in Hanoi until March 29, 1973, when they were released in Operation Homecoming. CAPT Hal K. Wilson was in the lead aircraft of a B-52 cell from Utapao. Also on board his aircraft were crew men MAJ Fernando Alexander, CAPT Charles A. Brown Jr., CAPT Henry C. Barrows, CAPT Richard W. Cooper Jr. (the navigator), and SGT Charlie S. Poole (the tail gunner). Wilson's aircraft was hit by a SAM near his target area and crashed in the early morning hours of December 19, sustaining damage to the fuselage. In the ensuing fire, there was no time for orderly bailout, but as later examination of radio tapes indicated, all six crewmen deployed their parachutes and evidently safely ejected. The aircraft damage report indicated that all six men were prisoner. Radio Hanoi announced in news broadcasts between 19 and 22 December that the six crewmen had been captured. When the war ended, however, only four of the crew returned from Hanoi prisons. Hanoi remained silent about the fate of Charlie Poole and Richard Cooper. On March 5, 1996 remains were returned that were positively identified on August 12, 2003. These remains were prepared for a group burial. That internment service took place at Arlington National Cemetery on December 19, 2003. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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