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 Thomas “Tom” Cooper

Thomas “Tom” Cooper

Birth
Waikato, New Zealand
Death 11 Oct 1970 (aged 22)
Vietnam
Burial Taupiri, Waikato District, Waikato, New Zealand
Memorial ID 118565926 · View Source
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482859 Private Thomas Cooper 1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment attached to 4th ANZAC Battalion Royal Australian Regiment.
On 10 October 1970 3 Platoon [3Pl] suffered a 'blue on blue' [friendly] accident when one element fired on another element by mistake. Friendly fire killed Pte Tom Cooper, crippled Pte Ian Herd and wounded Lcpl 'Sammy' Samson and Pte Ross Dunlea. The accident cast a pall over the otherwise successful W3 tour and left the company personnel traumatised, saddened and frustrated.
Died of Wounds - gunshot wound to right scalp sustained in a friendly clash at 24th US Evacuation Hospital Vietnam 11th October 1970 Age 22.
Private Cooper's brother, Mr Martin Cooper of Auckland, received the New Zealand Operational Service Medal on his behalf from the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence at a presentation at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Thursday 27th November 2003.


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VIETNAM
482859 PTE
T. COOPER
R.N.Z.I.R.
DIED 11.10.1970
AGED 22 YRS


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  • Created by: John Winterbotham
  • Added: 12 Oct 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 118565926
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas “Tom” Cooper (17 Jul 1948–11 Oct 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 118565926, citing Mount Taupiri Cemetery, Taupiri, Waikato District, Waikato, New Zealand ; Maintained by John Winterbotham (contributor 48166878) .