From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Alan Cooper '49

Date of birth: December 16, 1925

Date of death: January 3, 1952

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1949 Lucky Bag:


From Rutgers Oral History:

Alan Bogart Cooper '47

(b. Riverton, NJ – d. January 3, 1952, Bappu, Japan)

US Navy


USS Rochester

Lieutenant Cooper attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis from 1945 to 1949. He was assigned to the cruiser USS Rochester. According to a letter written by his father, Lieutenant Cooper was struck and killed by a train at a railroad station in Bappu, Japan, on January 3, 1952. According to Naval Academy records, his hometown is listed as Riverton, NJ, and his religion as Dutch Reformed. Cooper was appointed to the Naval Academy by Representative D. Lane Powers.

He is not mentioned in the 1949 Class History. His middle name was Bogart (From Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1952.)

From researcher Kathy Franz:

Buried Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, New York Location: LUKE ID 2472-1416 His father was Telfer, mother Beatrice, brother Donald. Grandmother was Sophia Puckeridge whose maiden name Bogert.

  • USS Merganser – June 1951 to Jan. 1952
  • USS Rochester – July 1949 – May 1951

USS Merganser conducted minesweeping operations throughout the Korean War.

Class of 1949

Alan is one of 40 members of the Class of 1949 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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