Bunyan Randolph Cooner
Bunyan Randolph Cooner, born at Columbia, South Carolina, on 27 February 1914, enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve 12 June 1939. After flight training, he was commissioned ensign 3 September 1941 and served with Bombing Squadron 3 in USS Saratoga (CV-3). He was awarded the Navy Cross for gallant service in the Battle of Midway (4–6 June 1942), participating in vigorous and repeated attacks against Japanese warships. Cooner was killed in a plane crash during flight operations at NAS Pearl Harbor on 16 June 1942. The USS Cooner (DE-172), launched on 25 July 1943 by Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Kearny, New Jersey and commissioned 21 August 1943 was named in Cooner's honor.
- "Cooner (DE-172)". United States Navy.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
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