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Cooper attended Louisiana Polytechnic Institute and married Flora Mae Davis. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps in the 71st Fighter Squadron.
On February 5, 1960, Cooper's life came to a tragic end. Cooper, Flora, and their young son, Johnnie, died in a plane crash in Bolivia. They were on the way back to their home in Ruston.
Ancestry.com. U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Ruston Leader (Ruston, Louisiana). 11 February 1960 • Page 1 http://www.newspapers.com/clip/1872279/john_cooper_manning_and_family_funeral/
The Ruston Daily Leader (Ruston, Louisiana) 10 May 1934 • Page 7