Service held for Williamsburg soldier

A southeastern Kentucky soldier killed in Iraq was buried Sunday after a funeral in his hometown of Williamsburg.

Sgt. David K. Cooper's remains were laid to rest at Bowlin Cemetery in Jellico, Tenn., about 10 miles south of Williamsburg.

Cooper was killed Aug. 27 in Qadasiyah, Iraq, when his dismounted patrol unit came under small-arms fire.

Cooper, 25, was remembered as a "good, normal boy — free-smiling, easygoing," by Ed Bailey of Williamsburg, who had watched Cooper grow up.

"I don't know where our country keeps getting these heroes," Bailey said.

Cooper was a sergeant in the Forward Support Company, 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas.

He was a 2001 graduate of Williamsburg High School. After high school, he enrolled at Eastern Kentucky University. He enlisted in the Army in May 2004, and attended basic training at Fort Sill, Okla., and advanced individual training at Fort Sill and Redstone Arsenal.

In November 2005, Cooper was assigned as a radar repair mechanic at Fort Hood. Soon thereafter, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving as a command team driver and company armorer.

His award and decorations include the Bronze Star medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and the Combat Action Badge.