LtGen Charles G. Cooper USMC (ret), 81, Falls Church, VA
Lt. Gen. CHARLES G. COOPER USMC (Ret.) (Age 81) On Sunday, April 26, 2009 of Falls Church, VA. Surviving is his beloved wife of 58 years, Carol Edgerton Cooper; children, Charles G. "Chip" Cooper, III, Capt. USN (Ret.) and Linda Cooper Thompson and husband Steve; former daughter-in-law, Maria Cooper; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his sister, Mary Ann West and his brother William A. "Bill" Cooper, both of Clarksdale, MS. Gen. Cooper was commissioned 2nd LT., U.S. Marine Corps in 1950, after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy. He served 35 years before retiring in 1985 as CG FMFPAC. his numerous decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star and Purple Heart. Recognized as an inspirational leader throughout the Marine Corps; formulated the "Band of Brothers" leadership concept; graduate of the Army War College; Chaired the Campaign to Preserve the site of the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Monument); Recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2004. Funeral services will be held at the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer, VA on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 1 p.m. with friends and family gathering at the Chapel at 12:30 p.m. Interment with Full Military Honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Contributions may be made in his name to Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, 3800 Fettler Park Dr., Ste. 104, Dumfries, VA 22025 or The United States Naval Academy Foundation Athletic Scholarship Programs Division, 25 Maryland Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401. Arrangements by MURPHY FUNERAL HOME OF ARLINGTON. A hero to all, a beacon of love to his adoring family.