by Lucy Kelly
About Gordon Cooper
March 6, 1927, Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States
October 4, 2003, Ventura, California, United States
Gemini 5, Mercury-Atlas 9
Leap of Faith, The Astronauts: Pioneers in Space
As a child, Gordon (or Leroy to his parents) gave an interest in Boy Scouts achieving 2nd place. Later on he loved football and track.
He soon got into combat so he enlisted himself into the United States Marine Corps and after he graduated was assigned into the Naval Academy Preparatory School.