Name: Daniel Dean Cooper
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O3
Date of Birth: 21 May 1946
Home City of Record: MEDFORD OR
Date of Loss: 04 February 1972
Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 163936 North  1085324 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A7E  #156870
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 2018

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File.  2020


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Lieutenant (LT) Daniel Dean Cooper, who joined the U.S. Navy from Oregon, was a member of Attack Squadron 22, Carrier Air Wing 15, embarked aboard the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43). On February 4, 1972, he was the pilot of a single-seat A-7 Corsair II (bureau number 156870) returning from a strike mission back to the Coral Sea, located in the South China Sea. Lieutenant Cooper made two approaches to the Coral Sea, but was waved off from landing each time due to an obstruction on the flight deck. He then joined a tanked aircraft circling overhead to take on additional fuel. While maneuvering with the tanker aircraft, LT Cooper’s Corsair crashed into the water (vicinity of  49Q BU 750 430). He did not eject from the aircraft before it went down, and search efforts could not locate him following the crash. He remains unaccounted for. Today, LT Cooper is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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