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LCdr John (Jackie) Cooper, U.S. Navy (1943-1982)

LCdr John (Jackie) Cooper, U.S. Navy (1943-1982)

Jackie Cooper, child actor & Perry White to Christopher Reeve’s Superman, served in the US Navy for four decades. Together We Served examines his dual careers. LCdr John (Jackie) Cooper, U.S. Navy (1943-1982) John or Jackie Cooper of the US Navy between 1943 and 1982 had a glittering career before he ever put on a uniform but once he had, he didn’t want to take it off. One of the highest ranking names of all time in Hollywood, Cooper is best known for depicting newspaper editor Perry White...

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Navy Corpsman Robert E. Bush (1944 – 1945)

Navy Corpsman Robert E. Bush (1944 – 1945)

Robert Eugene Bush wasn't old enough to join the Navy when the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. He was still in high school. His neighbor in his hometown of Raymond, Washington, was a Fireman aboard the USS Arizona. "He's still on board the Arizona," Bush said in a Veterans History Project Interview. Bush could barely stand the wait to join the war. He wouldn't be old enough until his 17th birthday in the Fall of 1943. He and a friend from school dropped out and enlisted...

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