Cooper, Claude Vernon, Jr., RM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1946-1946, Naval Hospital Farragut, ID
Service Years
1943 - 1946

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Contact Info
Home Town
Hazard, Perry County KY
Last Address
Born and died, Hazard KY.

Date of Passing
Feb 07, 2007
Location of Interment
Combs Family Cemetery - Hazard, Kentucky
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Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Navy Aerial Gunner (WWII) Honorable Discharge Emblem (WWII)

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon Blue Star

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

aviation radioman and aerial gunner

Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth: 7 November 1923.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky

Enlistment Date:  January 1943.  

Discharge Date:  January 1946.  

Branch of Service:  U. S. Navy Air Corps.

Combat Organization:  Gunner and Radioman. CASU 3 (Combat Aircraft Service Unit)

Boot Camp:  Trained at Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Company 145, Navy Chief Carruthers.  In his company were Perry County men known to him: Jack Brashear of Hazard, Ivon Brown "Cotton" Brashear of Viper and Carlo (Mac) Whitaker of Mason's Creek.

Next Duty, Tennessee:  Cotton Brashear and Cooper went to Millington Naval Air Technical Training Center.  Became Avaition Radiomen and Aerial Gunners.  Graduated, Honor Man of the Class.

Next Duty, Florida:  Lake City Naval Air Station.

Next Duty, South Carolina:  Beaufort Naval Air Station.  

Next Duty, Florida:  Cecil Field Training Base, where Chief Keith Hall was Chief Gunner Instructor, and his brother, Bob Hall was a neighbor of mine and lived on Poplar Street in Hazard. 

Next Duty, California:  Traveled by train to San Francisco.  

Next at Treasure Island Naval Base.

Next Duty, U. S. S. WEST POINT: sailed to Noumea, New Caldeonia, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides Islands.  

More training at Lugan Field.

South Pacific Offensive: Henderson Field.  Guadalcanal. Vella Lavella as a replacement in CASU "Black Sheep" Squadron, Commanded by Gregory "Pappy" Boyington.  Cooper's friend, Bill Farler of Bulan, Kentucky was there.

3 January 1944:  Assisted in pre-flight of Major Boyington's plane. His plane was shot down that day, and he became a Prisoner of War. The Black Sheep were disbanded and we were sent back to Guadalcanal, later to Samar, Philippine Island, on to Clark Air Base.

"I was standing before the gates of Santo Tomas University, when the gates were opened and the American prisoners were taken out in open truck. Most of them looked like skeletons", stated Vernon Cooper. Return Home On Leave: Landed at Alameda Naval Air Station, San Francisco, California. On leave Cooper ran into Paul Brown of Lothair, Kentucky, who was a Navy Hospital Corpsman stationed at Nob Hill Naval Hospital.  

Next was a train ride to Lexington, Kentucky, followed by a Greyhound Bus to Hazard.

Next Duty, California: Los Alamitos Naval Air Station. Chief Paul A. Brinegar of the Communication Office, sent me to Farragut, Idaho for officers school. He became Wishbone, the cook on the TV series, Rawhide.

Battles, Campaigns, Theatres: Guadalcanal. Pacific Theatre.

Date of Death: 7 February 2007.

Place of Death: Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

Cemetery: David Young Combs Cemetery, Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky. 

Other Comments:
Dr. C. V. Cooper, Jr., prominent Hazard business man passed peacefully at the ARH Hazard, Ky., February 7, 2007 with his family members and friends by his side. He was 83 years young. A graduate of Hazard High School in 1941. Mr. Cooper has degree's from the University of Kentucky and Auburn University. Honorary doctrine degree's from Eastern Kentucky University and Cumberland College. He served his country proudly during WWll in the United State Navy as an aviation radioman and aerial gunner in the Theatre of operations-Solomon and Philippine Islands. His rank upon discharge was AR/2C (Aviation Radioman second class).
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL), 145
 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)US NavyNAS Lake CityUS Navy
NAVSTA Treasure IslandNAVSTA Midway IslandNAS Los AlamitosBureau of Medicine (BUMED)
  1943-1943, Naval Air Technical Services Facility (NATSF), Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)
  1943-1943, NAS Millington, TN
  1943-1943, NAS Lake City
  1943-1943, Branch Medical Clinic Cecil Field, Naval Hospital Jacksonville, FL
  1943-1943, NAVSTA Treasure Island
  1944-1944, USS West Point (AP-23)
  1944-1944, Air Operations Department, NAVSTA Midway Island
  1944-1945, ARM-0000, Carrier Aircraft Service Unit - CASU (f)44
  1945-1946, NAS Los Alamitos
  1946-1946, Naval Hospital Farragut, ID
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Southern Philippines Campaign (1945)
 Colleges Attended 
University of KentuckyAuburn University
  1947-1951, University of Kentucky
  1955-1957, Auburn University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
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  Mar 14, 2019, General Photos1
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