Cooper, Robert Lee, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Engineer Corps
Last Primary MOS
12B10-Combat Engineer
Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 12N10, 34th Engineer Group
Service Years
1949 - 1969

Sergeant First Class


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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
1930
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Fayetteville
Last Address
Fayetteville

Casualty Date
May 21, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Long An (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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24W 064

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 Unit Assignments
86th Engineer Battalion20th Engineer Brigade34th Engineer Group
  1968-1969, 12N10, 86th Engineer Battalion/D Company
  1968-1969, 12H30, 20th Engineer Brigade
  1968-1969, 12N10, 34th Engineer Group
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Last Known Activity
31 Jan 2003
REMEMBERED ACROSS THE YEARS
Sergeant First Class Robert Cooper was assigned to A Company, 86th Engineer Battalion, until we moved from Dong Tam to Binh Phuoc in November 1968 when he was assigned to D Company. I served with him as a dozer operator in the 2nd Platoon, D Company, and was with him the day that he was killed.
SFC Cooper was in charge of all bridge building on Route 108 between Tan An and Binh Phuoc. We had built a pontoon bridge on 20 May and it was blown up that night. We were cleaning up the wreckage using gaff hooks, but there was one piece that we couldn't hook to. When SFC Cooper went to hook it by hand the piece moved a little and a booby trap went off, destroying his lower body. He lived for about 10 minutes, but there was nothing we could do to save him.
Sergeant First Class Cooper was the best sergeant I served under in the military.
Ganard Lance
SP/5 D Co, 86th Engineers
Vietnam 1968-69
   
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