Melvin Opal Cooper was born on 15 May 1925 at Powell Station, Tennessee,  to Jasper “Jap” Cooper and Hester Ann Dishmon.
He enlisted on August 17, 1943 in Fort Oglethorpe, GA
Killed in action in France 20 August 1944
Buried at Bells Camp Grounds Cemetery, Powell, TN

358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, Company K

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, October 1, 1944
Sgt. Melvin O. Cooper was killed in action in France Aug. 20, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Cooper, of Powell Station. Sgt Cooper and had been service 11 months and overseas since June. He leaves, besides his parents, six sisters and one brother.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, September 15, 1948
Sgt. Melvin O. Cooper was killed in action while serving with the 90th Infantry Division in France, Aug. 20, 1944. He was a former employe of Brookside Mills. Survivors: parents; brothers, Leo Cooper; six sisters, Mrs. Dixie Talbott, Manchester, Tenn.; Mrs. Goldia Williams, Strawberry Plains; Mrs. Velena Dishman and Mrs. Mildred Norman, Powell Station; Mrs. Beatrice Baker and Mrs. Ruth Clabaugh, Knoxville.

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 15 May 1925
  • Date of death: 20 August 1944
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Powell Station
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Bells Camp Grounds Cemetery, Powell, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Middle Panel
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