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Cooper, Thomas, 1924-



  • Existence: 1924-

Biographical Note: Thomas Cooper

Thomas Cooper served with the United States Marine Corps Seabees during World War II.

Thomas Cooper was born in Malden, Massachusetts in 1924. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1943 and served with H Company in the 121st Naval Construction Battalion, also known as "Seabees," until early 1946. In that time, Cooper participated in the construction of airstrips and infrastructure in the Marshall Islands and Mariana Islands. Cooper served with photographer Paul A. Payne.

After the war, Cooper graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 1951, then went on to obtain a Doctorate in education from Columbia University. He worked in the Shoreline School District in Washington as an assistant principal for many years.

Biography derived from collection materials.

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Thomas Cooper World War II Photograph Collection

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: 2009-08-13-A
Contents of the Collection The Thomas Cooper World War II Photograph Collection is comprised of 42 photographs mostly taken by Paul A. Payne, with whom Thomas Cooper served in United States Marine Corps in the Pacific theater of World War II. The photographs were taken on Saipan and Tinian in the Mariana Islands between 1944 and 1945. They feature several American aircraft, such as a Northrop P-61, a Douglas C-47, a Consolidated B-24 Liberator, and several Boeing B-29s. Many of the B-29 photographs were taken on Tinian...

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