KENNETH W COOPER
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HONORED ON PANEL 9W, LINE 126 OF THE WALL

KENNETH WILLIAM COOPER

WALL NAME

KENNETH W COOPER

PANEL / LINE

9W/126

DATE OF BIRTH

07/29/1923

CASUALTY PROVINCE

TUYEN DUC

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/07/1970

HOME OF RECORD

STERLING

COUNTY OF RECORD

Logan County

STATE

CO

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SMAJ

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR KENNETH WILLIAM COOPER
POSTED ON 11.28.2021
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. That you served in three wars attests to your courage and devotion to our country. May you rest in eternal peace.
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POSTED ON 7.7.2020
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Silver Star Medal Award

Sergeant Major Kenneth W. Cooper was awarded the Silver Star Medal for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action. He served in World War II, the Korean War, and in Vietnam as a Command Sergeant Major assigned to HHC, 1ST CAV DIV.
See https://army.togetherweserved.com/army/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd=MiniPlaque&type=Person&ID=457034.
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POSTED ON 11.11.2018

Final Mission of SGM Kenneth W. Cooper

On July 7, 1970, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 69-15138) from the 11th Aviation Company (General Support), 1st Cavalry Division, was on an administrative flight when it crashed in bad weather in the mountains approximately 25 miles northwest of Bao Loc in Tuyen Duc Province, RVN. Seven U.S. personnel were killed in the incident. They included aircraft commander 1LT William F. Michel, pilot MGN George W. Casey, crew chief SGT Ronald F. Fuller, and gunner SGT William L. Christenson; also lost were passengers MAJ John A. Hottell III, SGM Kenneth W. Cooper, and SGT Vernon K. Smolik Jr. The helicopter was in a flight of two aircraft headed to Cam Ranh Air Base. MGN Casey, flight-qualified and at the controls of 138, intended to visit wounded members of his command convalescing at a medical facility there. After reporting their position 25 miles southwest of Dalat at 9:30 AM, the two helicopters turned through a hole in the clouds from an altitude of approximately 6500 feet. The chase ship, Aircraft 502, saw the ground at about 3500 feet as both helicopters continued descending. The descent was made into a valley with steep ridge lines and a river at the bottom. Aircraft 502 lost visual contact with Aircraft 138, then regained visual contact, then lost it again. Both aircraft went IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) after entering clouds. Aircraft 138 radioed 502 that he was IFR and doing a 180 degree turn and recommended that 502 do the same. This was the last known contact made with Aircraft 138. Aircraft 502 began climbing in order to return to VFR (Visual Flight Rules). Aircraft 502 broke out at 7000 feet, and running low on fuel, proceeded the approximately 15 to 20 minutes to Dalat. The lost Aircraft 138 was located two days later on a hillside near the Cambodian border approximately 25 miles northwest of Bao Loc. The crew compartment had been demolished on impact and destroyed in the post-crash fire. Bad weather delayed the recovery of the remains for four days until which time they were recovered and positively identified. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Flying General, 6 on Missing Huey.” Pacific Stars & Stripes, July 11, 1970]
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POSTED ON 1.21.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear SMaj Kenneth Cooper,
Thank yo for your service as a Command Sergeant Major (Instructor.) 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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POSTED ON 10.10.2017
POSTED BY: K

Served in 3 wars....a real warrior

God Bless You CSM Cooper
You were the real thing
We still remember you
We still talk about you
RIP
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