COOPER, FRED V., JR., Second Lieutenant, # 0-696663, USAAF
Fred Valdi Cooper, Jr., was born 30 October 1922 in Augusta, Georgia, to Fred Valdi Cooper (1895-1964) and Helen (Whitely) Cooper (1898-1983). A sibling was Randolph Whitely Cooper (1924-1945).
He registered for the WW II draft while living in Jacksonville, Deval County, Florida, on 30 June 1942. He was a student and described himself as 6’, 160 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was inducted from Florida. He earned his commission and wings. On 27 October 1944, a 10th Air Force B-25H, # 43-4382, assigned to the 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the air base at Morox, Assam Pradish, India. 2ndLt Cooper was the co-pilot. On a bomb-strafe-reconnaissance mission to the enemy held Lashio Road, Burma. It was seen to crash due to a bomb blast or attack by enemy fighter at low altitude. The crew was killed. After recovery by a Graves Registration team,
his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Plot C, Row 1, Grave 631), Honolulu, Hawaii. He was awarded the Purple Heart medal.
His brother, Randolph W. Cooper, born 20 May 1924, registered for the WW II draft on the same date, as a student, describing himself as 5’8”, 133 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF and trained to be a fighter pilot. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters. A First Lieutenant, # 0-2057566, he flew for the 8th Air Force, 355th Fighter Group, 357th Fighter Squadron. The squadron flew the _47 Thunderbolt and the P-51 Mustang. He died 11 June 1945 and is buried in the Cambridge American Cemetery, England (Plot F, Row 4, Grave 89).