CW2 John C. Cooper was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 12/10/2014 at the age of 76.3 from Heart attack
Rule, TX
Flight Classes 69-37 and 69-35
Date of Birth 08/18/1938
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 159 ASHB 101 ABN in 70-71
Call sign in Vietnam PLAYTEX 19
This information was provided by Clay Cooper (brother), Sammie Williams

More detail on this person: John Cordell Cooper, Sr., longtime resident of Rule, Texas passed away Wednesday evening, December 10, 2014, at Haskell Memorial Hospital in Haskell. Mr. Cooper was 76. A visitation is planned for 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 14, 2014, at the funeral home in Rule located at 600 Robins Avenue. Cremation arrangements were made under the care of Smith Family Funeral Homes.

John was born August 18, 1938, in Tulia, Texas to Faye (Embry) and Harrold Cooper. After graduating high school and 2 years of college, John entered the United States Army and served his country during the Viet Nam Era as a helicopter pilot. John retired and was Honorably discharged from Fort Wainwright, Alaska on September 30, 1975. He married Terrie O'Toole on November 17, 1979, in St. Louis, MO. John was active in the VFW and enjoyed playing pinnacle.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

John is survived by his wife, Terrie of Rule; 4 sons, John Cooper, Jr. of Phoenix, AZ, Lewis Cooper, R.J. Cooper, and Brandon Cooper all of Rule; 5 daughters, Darla Robertson of Fairbanks, Alaska, Patricia Yamashita of Kona, Hawaii, Sharon Robinson and Rose Cooper of Carbondale, Illinois; 11 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Clayton Cooper of Leavenworth, Kansas; and John's former spouse, Lorretta Gunn of Fairbanks, Alaska.

Online condolences can be shared with the family at

Published in Abilene Reporter-News on Dec. 12, 2014

He was playing cards and had some pain in his back and thought he'd lay down for a while. His wife, Terri, took over his hand and in a while he yelped real loud and was gone. He was transported to the nearest hospital in Haskell, TX (10 mi), where he was pronounced. Death certificate indicates cause of death was sudden cardiac arrest.

From: Clay Cooper

This information was last updated 05/18/2016

Please send additions or corrections to: VHPA Headquarters

Return to the Helicopter Pilot DAT name list

Return to VHPA web site

Date posted on this site: 03/10/2024

Copyright © 1998 - 2024 Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association