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Cooper, Merian Caldwell

Date of birth:
October 24th, 1893 (Jacksonville/Florida, United States)
Date of death:
April 21st, 1973 (San Diego/California, United States)
Service number:
0-163054
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Captain
Awarded on:
1918
Purple Heart
Period:
Polish-Soviet War (1919-1921)
Rank:
Lieutenant Colonel
Unit:
7. Eskadra Lotnicza "Kościuszko Squadron", Siły Powietrzne (Kosciuszko Squadron, Polish Air Force)
Awarded on:
May 1921
Order Wojenny Virtuti Militari - Krzyz Srebrny
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Colonel
Unit:
Bomber Command, Fifth Air Force, U.S. Army Air Forces
Awarded on:
August 28th, 1945
"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Chief of Staff for the FIFTH Air Force Bomber Command in the Pacific Theater of Action during the period from May 1943 to October 1944. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of General Cooper and his dedicated contributions in the service of his country reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces."

As Chief of Staff
Distinguished Service Medal - Army (DSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Colonel
Unit:
U.S. Army Air Forces
Awarded on:
March 4th, 1949
Legion of Merit - US Military
"For exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States from July to December 1942."
Period:
Polish-Soviet War (1919-1921)
Rank:
Lieutenant Colonel
Unit:
7. Eskadra Lotnicza "Kościuszko Squadron", Siły Powietrzne (Kosciuszko Squadron, Polish Air Force)
Krzyz Walecznych

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