Robert Lee CooperSergeant First Class
D CO, 86TH ENG BN, 34TH ENG GRP, 20TH ENG BDE
Army of the United States
27 September 1930 - 21 May 1969
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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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.
A Note from The Virtual WallThe Army casualty record for SFC Cooper indicates he died of gunshot wounds. Mr. Lance, who was present at the time, indicates otherwise. While The Virtual Wall cannot alter the official record, we are inclined toward accepting eye-witness testimony from a unit member.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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