Rank and organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Born:
1832, Ireland. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and
gunboats and with the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite severe damage
to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks from stem
to stern, Cooper fought his gun with skill and courage throughout the furious battle which
resulted in the surrender of the prize rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and
destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.
Rank and organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy. Born:
1832, Ireland. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 62, 29 June 1865.
Served as quartermaster on Acting Rear Admiral Thatcher's staff.
During the terrific fire at Mobile, on 26 April 1865, at the risk of being blown to pieces
by exploding shells, Cooper advanced through the burning locality, rescued a wounded man
from certain death, and bore him on his back to a place of safety.