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Spc Keenan Alexander Cooper

Born: July 12, 1990 in Morden, Manitoba Canada
Died: July 5, 2010 in Yakuta, Afghanistan

Spc. Keenan A. Cooper of Wahpeton, North Dakota is a 2008 Wahpeton High School graduate where he was an honor student and an active member of FFA. Growing up, he earned money as a paper boy, as a clerk at the Java n Juice, and detailing cars at Vision Ford. On August 12, 2008 he joined the Army, attending One Station Unit Training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. After completing training, he was stationed at Fort Bragg on February 25, 2009, where he was assigned to 4-73 Cav. Regt. Cooper deployed to Afghanistan in August of 2009. His Awards and Decorations include, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Basic Parachutist Badge. The son of Dave and Heather Cooper was set to wrap up a year long deployment, after which he would be returning home to prepare for his upcoming marriage to April Travis in the fall of 2010. He also leaves, his siblings, Dawson, Twyla, Gabriella and Carly. Keenan loved bow and rifle hunting and looked forward to the 3D archery shoot in the summer and target shooting at the farm in Grand Forks. He died at age 19 in Yakuta, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.
4th Squadron
73rd Armor Regiment
4th Brigade Combat Team
82nd Airborne Division
Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Burial is at Fairview Cemetery in Wahpeton, North Dakota

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