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A Liberator's Jacket

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Sgt. Delbert Cooper served as a soldier with the U.S. Army's 14th Regiment, 71st Infantry Division in 1945. Cooper was among the first Americans to enter and liberate Gunskirchen Lager, which was part of the notorious Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp in Austria. His most vivid memory of that harrowing experience was "the sickening smell of dead bodies -- the odor of evil."

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