About gordoncooper.com
Although it is probably obvious, my name is Gordon Cooper. I should say, for the record, that I am NOT the famous astronaut Gordo Cooper — whose real name incidentally was Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr. — nor was I named after him. There are a lot of Gordon Coopers out there, but thanks to Leroy we all fall way down the list of results if you were to google the name. Nevertheless, I was fond enough of the name to grab the URL in the late 1990s. Is your name Gordon Cooper? Send me a picture and short history (age, place of birth, occupation, link to your own site/facebook page/whatever) and I’ll post it on this site.

Astronaut who has nothing to do with this website. B:1927


Gordon — Most likely derived from Scottish surname. The origin is debated although possible meanings include “large fortification” or “fertilized pasture” or “from the cornered hill” or “from the marshes.”

Cooper — From an old English surname for someone whose occupation was to make or sell casks or barrels. Derived from the German “kuper” a derivative of “kup” meaning container.


  1. Scott
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    I stumbled onto your Bosnia site tonight, I enjoyed it quite a bit. I got there New Years day in 1996 and stayed basically the whole year. I also spent 6 or 7 months in 98 there. I even went back 2000 for a couple of weeks as a contractor. Things had changed drastically by that point. It was real shitty when we first got there, no place to take baths, dirt floors in our tents but the situation steadily improved. I didn’t see any pictures of the white house HQ on your site – that’s where I worked. Thanks for keeping up the site.

    • Posted September 1, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the note. I must have missed it when you posted some months ago. Yes, the White House was the nerve center and they didn’t like us taking pictures of it. Since I was there a good part of 1997 I wouldn’t be surprised if our paths didn’t cross a few times. Small world.

  2. Gary
    Posted October 4, 2016 at 4:58 am | Permalink

    Was in Bosnia from Jan – Dec ’96. B co 40th engineers. Saw where you wrote about troops dead in Bosnia. I remember two of them. Sfc Dugan – was told to mark the MINE, guard it, and wait for engineers to show up and blow it in place.
    The young man from Texas, whose vehicle he was riding in, went off a avlb bridge. The driver fell asleep.
    I dug one of the abutments for that bridge. All of us involved in putting that bridge in where questioned.

    • Posted October 15, 2016 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

      Gary — nice to hear from you. Hard to believe it almost 20 years ago now, huh?

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