J. Carl Cooper
J. Carl Cooper grew up in Chestertown on Philosopher’s Terrace with a father who was a banker and a mother who was a homemaker. The United States joined the war when Carl was 11 years old. Throughout the war, Carl delivered newspapers and learned about the war through the headlines. His family had a garden before and after the war and canned throughout the war.
In this interview, Carl recounts stories about Pearl Harbor, working in the Boy Scout troop as well as working on his paper route. Carl also speaks about his experiences in Chestertown and school during the war. He discusses his continuing distrust of the Japanese into the current era. He also recalls rationing, scrap metal drives, and President Roosevelt (FDR). Carl Cooper goes on to speak about his life after the war and his career during the Vietnam War as a mortician.
Interviewee: J. Carl Cooper
Interviewers: Jon Vitale, Fatimata Kane, Mya Spangenberg
Archival Processor: Fatimata Kane
Copyeditor: Mari Mullane
Date: September 16, 2018
Location: Chestertown, MD
Session Number: 1
Project: National Home Front Project
Interview Contributor: Washington College
Accession Number: CooperJCarl_HFL-OH_091618