Keenan Cooper photo

Afghanistan (OEF/OFS)

Wahpeton, ND


Date of Loss:

Branch of Service:


Company / Ship / Flight or equivalent:

Battalion / Task Group / Squadron or equivalent:
4th Squadron

Regiment / Group / Brigade:
73rd Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team

Division / Fleet / Air Force or Equivalent:
82nd Airborne Division
Medals and Honors:


Died July 5, 2010 in Yakuta, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.


Spc. Keenan Cooper often didn’t say much and just wanted to do his job, but that didn’t mean he was boring.

His jokes always seemed funnier because people didn’t expect it from the quiet guy, said Karley Vetter, a fellow 2008 graduate of Wahpeton High School in Cooper’s hometown of Wahpeton, N.D.

“He was the most soft-spoken person,” she said, “but you could tell the wheels were always going in his head.”

Cooper was an avid outdoorsman and loved going on archery shoots with his father, driving new Mustangs and playing with Coal, the family dog, said the Rev. Mike Adams, who’d known him for years.

Adams said Cooper had long wanted to be in the military.

“He knew when he was in fourth grade that he would be in the Army someday,” Adams said. “When he made up his mind to do something, he did it.”

Survivors include April Travis, the girl he planned to marry in October; his parents, David and Heather; and four younger siblings, Dawson, Twyla, Gabriella and Carly.

The Associated Press, retrieved 10/01/2013 from "Honor the Fallen",