Veteran’s Vietnam War-era photos will be displayed Monday at Bloomsburg University


WHAT: Vietnam War photo display

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday

WHERE: Schweiker Room, Andruss Library, Bloomsburg University

BLOOMSBURG — Photographs from the Vietnam War will be on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at Bloomsburg University’s Andruss Library, in the Schweiker Room.

The digitized photos were donated by Blaine Cooper, of Riverside, and represent his experiences before, during and after the war.

Cooper will talk to those in attendance at noon.

Bob Heckrote, director of the university’s Military and Veteran Resources office, spent countless hours over the past year digitizing 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 a backstory to go with each photo. The written story for each photo came after Fazzino interviewed Cooper.

The photos serve as a record of the life and times of 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 university students and young adults reflect on and appreciate life.

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 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 post-traumatic stress disorder.

The exhibit is made possible through the College of Liberal Arts, Institute of Culture and Society, and the Office of Military and Veteran Resources.