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COOPER Russell Grantham

Service: Army – 2/7 Australian Commando Squadron
Service number: VX83436
Locality on Enlistment: Hampton, Victoria
Duration of Service: 6 Aug 1942 – 10 Dec 1945
Prisoner of War: No
Honours: None for display
Date and Place of Birth: 24 Mar 1922 Gellibrand
Parents: Frederick Louis COOPER and Jessie EVERITT
Spouse: Margaret Pauline BRADLEY
Occupation: Clerk
Date and Place of Death: 10 Oct 2006 Camberwell
Place of Burial: Springvale Botanical Cemetery

NOTES: The Army began training company-sized units that would act independently of higher command to carry out tasks such as raiding, sabotage, and subversion. As the war progressed the role that these independent companies would fulfill evolved towards guerrilla operations such as stay-behind, long range penetration and reconnaissance. The 2/7th Independent Company was formed in May 1942, undertaking training at the Guerrilla Warfare School at Wilsons Promontory, Victoria. It served in New Guinea in 1943 during the Salamaua–Lae campaign before being redesignated as the 2/7th Commando Squadron when it was amalgamated with two other commando squadrons to become part of the 2/6th Cavalry (Commando) Regiment. Later at the end of 1944, it was sent to New Guinea again, where it took part in the Aitape–Wewak campaign. Wikipedia