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Richard J. Cooper Papers

Identifier: M1993

Scope and Contents

The collection contains Cooper's military papers (1942-1945); related ephemera (ca.1940's); and a copy of his memoir: "Trooper Cooper's Nine Lives" (n.d.).


  • 1942-1945


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

Richard J. Cooper was born in Amsterdam, N.Y. in 1917 and enlisted in the Army at Albany, N.Y. in 1942. He had completed four years of high school and had an associate degree from business college. Cooper was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division because he had skied in the Adirondacks. He was selected for Officer's Candidate School at Ft. Benning, Ga. and then served at Camp Hale, Colo., Camp Swift, Tex., and in Italy with the 85th, 86th, and 87th Infantry Regiments. While engaged in combat operations, Cooper was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his actions at Monteforte in 1945. He attained the rank of Captain. Cooper died in 2006.


1 envelope

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Richard J. Cooper, 2002.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

Forms part of: 10th Mountain Division Resource Center Collection.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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