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Pilot Orville Thomas Cooper
U. S. Navy

July 5, 1927 - June 12?, 1951
Body Not Recovered

Gold Star Mother
Ella Sachtleben Cooper

Orville Cooper Chosen To Attend  Louisiana State U.

Orville Cooper, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. George E. Cooper of Bay City, left this week for Baton Rouge where he will attend Louisiana State University, at the expense of the government for one year.

Young Cooper, member of the CAP of Bay City and one of its charter members, reached the age of 17 and was given the army screen test, which is an elimination contest to pick the most eligible students for the aviation course.

He will become, upon completion of his course, a flying crewman or a pilot.

The CAP here in the city, beginning with a small group that made weekly trips to El Campo to take the course, has now grown into a group of 30 young boys who now are able to take the course here at home. Such interest has been shown in the work and the class has grown so much that hopes for a landing field here for further airplane study is high.

The Daily Tribune, September 7, 1944

Picture from a Bay City High School Annual - Courtesy of the Matagorda County Museum.

Lloyd Franz and Orville Cooper Inducted Into Navy

Two Bay City boys have enlisted in the U. S. naval air corps program, V-5, have passed the rigid examinations and have been inducted with a call coming up around the first of July.

Orville, who will be 18 in July, took advantage of the Army Air Corps Reserve offer and went into training, for six months at Louisiana State University and three months at Oklahoma University before that program was discontinued and he was given a discharge. Following his discharge, he chose to enlist in the naval air corps program.

The Daily Tribune, Friday, June 15, 1945

Courtesy of Kenneth L. Thames

Orville Cooper Reported

Killed When Plane Crashed 

Bay City Boy Had Served Many Years In Navy Air Corps 

Orville Thomas Cooper, son of Mr. and Mrs. George E. Cooper of 1610 Sycamore Street, Bay City, was killed when his single engined plane crashed during carrier operations off California, according to a telegram received today by his parents.

Orville was a pilot, having received his wings from Pensacola Air Training Command, and was of the class of 1944 in Bay City High School.

According to the telegram received this morning, both the plane and the pilot have not been located.

The plane crashed during day time carrier qualifications off the USS Essex.  The plane crashed at low altitude and an immediate search was begun with helicopter and destroyer but the plane and pilot were not found, according to the telegram sent by Commander R. C. Harmer, Commanding Officer of Squadron 3, Moffett Field, California.

The Daily Tribune, Tuesday, June 12, 1951

George E. Cooper - Dec. 13, 1898-Mar. 24, 1970
Ella S. Cooper - Jan. 8, 1905-July 21, 1998
Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas


Funeral services for Ella S. Cooper, 93, of Cuero, will be Friday, July 24, 1998, at 11 a.m. at Fraund Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Ted Tadlock officiating.  Graveside service led by Rev. Sam Steele will be at 4 p.m. July 24 at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck.

Mrs. Cooper died July 21.  She was born in Berclair, TX on Jan. 8,1905 to the late Emil G. Sachtleben and Maria Shulenburg Sachtleben.  She owned and operated flower and gift shops; also several grocery stores in Victoria and Bay City; was accountant for Peoples Laundry, Bay City.  She was also a member of First Presbyterian Church, Bay City; Rebakan Lodge # 7009, Post Noble Grand, and A.A.R.P.

She is survived by her daughter, Ella Louise Buchhorn of Cuero; sisters, Laura Walser of Blanco, Opal Phillips of Runge, and Erna McCain of Corpus Christi; brothers Henry Sachtleben of Floresville, Calvin Sachtleben of Yorktown, four grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

The pallbearers will be Orville Buchhorn, Craig Buchhorn, David Buchhorn, Harold Stirl, Don Sachtleben, and Glen Sachtleben.

Honorary pallbearers will be her great grandchildren.

Memorials can be made to First Methodist Church in Cuero or the First Presbyterian Church in Bay City.  Arrangements are with Fraund Funeral Home in Victoria.

The Daily Tribune July 24, 1998

Bay Citian Services Held

George Edward Cooper, 71, of Bay City passed away at the Diagnostic Hospital in Houston Tuesday morning.  Services were held at 2 this afternoon in the Taylor Brothers Funeral Chapel.  Rev. Bill O’Neal of the First Presbyterian Church officiated.

Cooper is survived by his wife, Ella Cooper, 1 daughter, Mrs. Carol Buckhorn of Cuero.  He is also survived by 9 brothers, A.M. Cooper, A.R. Cooper, A.L. Cooper, D.D. Cooper, C.C. Cooper, and J.C. Cooper, all of Houston, J.T. Cooper of Austin, Harry Cooper of Bakersfield California, and Noah Cooper of McGregor.  Other survivors include 2 sisters, Mrs. T.R. Bedford of Baton Rouge, La., and Mrs. J.C. Hurst of Houston, and 4 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Wade Ashcraft, Frank Baker, Jr., Edward Cihal, W.D. Uittliff, D.V. Sachtleben, and Glenn Sachtleben.

The Daily Tribune March 26, 1970


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