BLOOMSBURG—Photographs from the Vietnam War will be on display at Bloomsburg University’s Andruss Library on Monday, Sept. 18. The digitized photos were donated by Mr. Blaine Cooper of Riverside, Pa., and represent his experiences before, during, and after the war. The photos will be displayed in the Schweiker Room from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with the main event at noon. This event will be the third and final chapter of this phase of the project.
Bob Heckrote, director of BU's Military and Veteran Resources office, spent countless hours over the past year digitizing Mr. Cooper’s photos. Dr. David Fazzino, assistant professor of anthropology, with assistance from Vikram Mookerjee, graduate programs and strategic initiatives coordinator in the Zeigler College of Business, then wrote the backstory to go with each photo. The written story for each photo came after Fazzino interviewed Cooper.
These photos serve as a record of the life and times of Mr. Cooper during his time preparing for Vietnam, in Vietnam, and his return back home to his wife and newborn daughter. Cooper’s wish is that the photos and stories associated with them will help BU students and young adults reflect on and appreciate life.
Blaine Cooper was drafted within one week of marriage to his wife, Joyce. He was trained in Georgia, Texas, and New Mexico, then traveled by ship from California to Vietnam. He proudly served his country and, as he described it, by sheer luck survived encounters with the Viet Cong. Upon his return home, he had to cope with the effects of Agent Orange and PTSD.
This exhibit is made possible through the work of the College of Liberal Arts, Institute of Culture and Society, and The Office of Military and Veteran Resources.
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