Cooper, Gerald Allan, MSgt

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
111X0-Defensive Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 7th Air Force
Service Years
1955 - 1970
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Master Sergeant

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Home State
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
1938
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Detroit
Last Address
Ban Me Thuot, South Vietnam

Casualty Date
Sep 25, 1970
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Quang Duc (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Mount Hope Cemetery - Peru, Indiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
07W 089

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
20th Special Operations Squadron - Green Hornets7th Air Force
  1969-1970, 20th Special Operations Squadron - Green Hornets
  1969-1970, 7th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1970 Vietnam War - Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
UH-1 Iroquois ( HUEY)  
  1969-1970, UH-1 Iroquois ( HUEY)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Two UH-1s of the 20th SOS based at Ban Me Thuot departed on a combat mission. The lead aircraft, UH-1F tail number 64-15484. During the flight, Heil was forced into a turn to avoid a mid-air collision with a VNAF CH-34. The UH-1F hit trees while turning, crashed, and caught fire after it came to rest. The fire destroyed the aircraft. Captain Heil and MSG Cooper were killed. Captain Carrington and SSgt Galvan were injured in the impact. A third helicopter which was transport configured and in the general area was called to recover the two injured crew members and evacuated them to Duc Lap for medical treatment. They were later transported to Cam Ranh Bay. Both survived their injuries.

NOTE:
Some sources, including the VHPA database, give SSG Galvan's name
incorrectly as "Calvan".

   
Comments/Citation
Note: Although the Army Good Conduct medal is displayed on his Rack, he was straight Air Force in his career. The Air Force used the Army GCM up until 1963.


   
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