Edward J. Cooper

Word has been received by Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Cooper of Hudson, formerly of Eau Claire, that their son, Corporal Edward Cooper, is seeing action with the Marines in the Marshall Island. 

He enlisted on November 28, 1942 and received his training at Parris Island, NC and Camp Pendleton, CA. 

He is graduate of Eau Claire High School and was attending Eau Claire State Teachers College at the time of his enlistment. He has an older brother, Lieutenant Harold Cooper, serving with the Eleventh Weather Squadron in Alaska.

An aunt, Mrs. W. H. Mishler, resides at 522 West Grand Avenue.

Eau Claire Marine Gets Purple Heart
By Technical Sergeant Martin Kivel of  New York City, a Marine Corps Combat Correspondent, formerly of the New York Daily News. 

Marine Sergeant Edward J. Cooper, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lyle H. Cooper, 854 Starr Avenue, Eau Claire, WI, was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received during the battle of  Saipan last June. The award was made by Major General Clifton B. Cates of Tiptonville, TN, Commanding General of the Fourth Marine Division, during recent ceremonies at this base.

"I wish you many more medals, but no more Purple Hearts," General Cates said in making the award. The Purple Heart is the oldest American military decoration, having been conceived by the first Commander in Chief, President George Washington. 

The 22-year-old Marine, a member of an engineer battalion, has fully recovered from his wounds and returned to active duty.

Written by Harold (Diz) Kronenberg

Ed and his brother, Harold, both played football for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and were amateur boxers.