Being A Soldier Is A Choice Being A Veteran Is An Honor Shirt

Being A Soldier Is A Choice Being A Veteran Is An Honor Shirt, Hoodie And Sweater

The being a soldier is a choice being a veteran is an honor shirt! Editor’s Note: This is part of a series published every Monday between Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day honoring local veterans. To nominate a veteran, email subway editor Marly Kosinski at [email protected] NOTE – Robert Cooper did not even graduate from high school when he received a notice of enlistment when he learned that he would eventually come to Vietnam to fight the war. Cooper, now in Austintown, lived in East Palestine when the announcement was made in May 1966, a month before he was the first high school student to graduate from high school from either side of his family and  being a soldier is a choice being a veteran is an honor shirt!

 Being A Soldier Is A Choice Being A Veteran Is An Honor Shirt

 Being A Soldier Is A Choice Being A Veteran Is An Honor Sweater

“My mother fought to help me graduate and the Army agreed to let me report on September 6, 1966,” he said. Cooper’s time in Vietnam was difficult. While at Fort Sill in Oklahoma before going abroad, he broke his right knee while jumping off a plane during a training exercise. Cooper said he was trapped in a tree and didn’t realize he was flying a few feet because it was late at night, he began cutting his parachute rope to drop it and  being a soldier is a choice being a veteran is an honor shirt! He freed himself and fell to the ground. Cooper said: “So I landed in Vietnam on March 1, 1967, with a broken knee. “They put me in the fire control center for a month and a half, and as soon as my magazine came out, I was assigned the 8-inch cannon.”

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