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Age:   36
Hometown: State College, PA
Date of Death: 9/5/2007
Incident Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt. 1st Class
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Unit's Base: Fort Lewis, Wash.

David Cooper Sr. recalled that his son and his grandsons would hole up in the basement "dungeon," laughing and playing with their computers, video games and a wide-screen TV. "They'd stay there all day long," Cooper said. "They'd come up for a meal, then disappear down there." David A. Cooper Jr., 36, of State College, Penn., died Sept. 5 in Baghdad during a vehicle accident. He was assigned to Fort Lewis. Michelle Cooper described her husband as "a true leader of men and was deeply respected by his men and his peers. He didn't have a mean bone in his body." He loved history, particularly about World War II and the Korean War. "He was very well read," his dad said. "I always wanted to be on his side in trivia games." As a boy, plastic soldiers were his favorite toys, and he wore his treasured Army coat to his first day of school. "A soldier first, above anything," said Tracy Cornwell, whose marriage to Cooper ended in 1995. "That was always one thing that always made me proud of him, that he was doing what he wanted to do and he was very good at it." He also is survived by twin 16-year-old sons, Gage and Drake.
Source: Associated Press
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