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Thomas Cooper

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Thomas AWMM
  • Surname
    Cooper AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Thomas Cooper AWMM
    • Tom AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 482859 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    17 July 1948 AWMM New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details
    Vietnam Private Ministry for Culture and Heritage V-Force AWMM
    2nd Embarkation AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Mrs E. Cooper. Rua and Papi Cooper were his guardians.

    Died of wounds - gunshot wound to right scalp sustained in a friendly clash.

    A Memorial Flag was presented to his guardian Mr Rua Cooper

    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 27 November 2003

    3 Platoon, W3. Wounded in action, 10 October 1970 – gunshot wound in friendly fire incident. Died of wounds at US 24th Evacuation Hospital, Long Binh on 11 October 1970. For more information see the W3 Company RNZIR website. Buried in Taupiri urupa, Waikato. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    11 October 1970 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    VietnamSoutheast Asia AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    urupa, Tainui urupa, Taupiri Mountain, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Tuakau War Memorial, Tuakau Services Cemetery, corner of Alexandra Redoubt Road and Roberts Road, Tuakau, Waikato, New Zealand AWMM
    • Tuakau War Memorial, corner of Alexandra Redoubt Road and Roberts Road, Tuakau, Waikato, New Zealand AWMM

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  • References
    • Subritsky, M. (Ed). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: The second ANZAC adventure. Papakura, N.Z.: Three Feathers Publishing Co. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Armoury, Auckland Museum - Vertical file under Cooper, Thomas - NZ Herald article 25.4.1998 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Portrait - Te Awa Marahi Marae, Port Waikato.(1998) AWMM
    • NZ Herald article 25.4.1998. is factually incorrect, source has agreed his memory was mistaken Public - Bruce - Researcher - 21 August 2022 - I interviewed Ian Herd during research into Pte Cooper's death, updated details are included in the article. Family also advised and accepted the W3 research as accurate. Background - Ian Herd was badly wounded in the same incident and his recollections were affected by his injuries. When I showed him the recollections of other veterans present at the accident he accepted their details as the truth.


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