Tuesday, November 28, 2006

In Memoriam: Rick Cooper (1946 - 2006)

Dear Racial Comrades:

It is with deep regret and a profound sense of personal loss that I must inform you that our friend and comrade Rick Cooper of Goldendale, Washington died in hospital at 8 PM PST, Sunday, November 26th, of massive kidney failure. Rick's health had not been good for some time. Although he ran marathons well into his fifties, three years ago Rick suffered a stroke, and it took him a long time to work his way back to where he could write and type.

Rick Cooper and I were the last men standing from the Wilson Boulevard Club--that small, true band of brothers who have seen the sun come up over Wilson Boulevard behind the duty desk at the old NSWPP headquarters on a small side street called Franklin Road in Arlington, Virginia. We were young and full of fire and idealism, and we were going to change the world. We failed, but if you have never felt that glorious fire and you have no memories like that from your own youth, then I am truly sorry for you.

There are still a few of us left--I think Carl Geharis and Scott Earbend might have pulled a few all-nighters on Franklin Road, and they send me an e-mail every now and then to let me know they're still alive--but Rick and I never hauled down our colors. We were the last ones from "the Old Days" still publicly active in any way. I lost a good chunk of my past when he died.

For many years, Rick Cooper was the "American Nazi Party Guy To Go To" on the West Coast. He knew all the men whose names were household words in our little subculture--Allen Vincent, Joe Tommasi, Jim White, the Raymond brothers, Dan Stewart, John Fogarty, Bill Gould, Paul "Wild Man" Mooney, Tiny Knowlton, Mike Brown of the old ANP Motorcycle Corps, the ineffable and irrepressible Sean Maguire. We all lost a chunk of the Movement's past when he died.

Rick finally broke with Matt Koehl in 1982, slowly, in agony, long after all the good men were long gone. He never joined another organization, because he felt it was wrong to abandon the party that Commander Rockwell founded. When I tried to get the NSWPP back together in the mid-90s I practically begged Rick on my knees to come in with us, but although he wished us well, he told me, "Harold, even if you succeed, you know it will never be the same. Backlash never replays like the original." And I knew exactly what he was talking about. There were never any hard feelings.

But Rick never lost his own faith in the ultimate rectitude of the National Socialist cause, or in our final victory. Rick Cooper became the quintessential National Socialist lone wolf. He published his own newsletter, the National Socialist Vanguard, for almost a quarter of a century, at first in conjunction with Dan Stewart and then later on by himself. He regularly lectured to high school and college political science classes throughout the Northwest, and so cogent and articulate was his delivery that Rick was invited back again, year after year. Every June you could count on Rick hitting the news again, when he collected the names and addresses of hundreds of graduating White high school seniors and sent them packets of National Socialist literature at his own expense.

Rick was kind of an impresario for Events. He worked closely with the late Pastor Richard Butler and organized many of the famous gatherings at the famous Hayden Lake, Idaho compound, as well as organizing annual commemorations for our fallen heroes, Bob Mathews on Whidby Island and the murdered Weaver mother and child at Ruby Ridge. He supported the Northwest Migration concept, albeit from an NS point of view, at first through Pastor Butler and later on through the NPA. Rick was of immeasurable assistance to me in ways I am not at liberty to discuss, but I hope some day that part of his story can be told.

Towards the end his health slowed him down considerably. His newsletter was always late, and his e-mails grew fewer and farther between. But he never gave up. Like all of us, Rick did what he did not out of any hope of personal gain or benefit, not even for the Victory itself. He did what he did because it was right.

Give me a hundred Rick Coopers, and the White race will have our Northwest Homeland some day.

"Und Ihr habt doch gesiegt, Kamerad."

88!
HAROLD A. COVINGTON

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go to
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skip to comment #137.

Once people can SEE that is is possible, the collapsing society around them will make it happen.

You might want to ask Ms. Gaede is she can include a link to some NW Republic sites - like this - in her reply sig on the emails she is getting.

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thankyou
sinceraly his niece

1:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I AM RICK COOPERS NEICE, AND I MISS HIM ALOT, WE STILL HAVE NOT HAD A SERVICE FOR HIM AND I FEEL HE SHOULD BE HONORED AND THAT I AM NOT PROUD TO ASK WHAT YOU ALL ARE DOING IN MEMORY OF HIM AND COULD YOU TELL ME IF WE COULD HAVE A MEMORIAL AND I COULD COME? I AM THE ONLY ONE MY UNCLE CAME TO SEE OUT OF OUR FAMILY ON A REGULAR BASIS FOR THE PAST 17 YEARS AMD IM ASHAMED THAT HIS DEATH HAS NOT BEEN CELEBRATED AND THAT OUR FAMILY HAS NO CLUE WHAT A LET DOWN IT IS HE TRULY IS A PIECE OF HISTORY AND SHOULD SOMEONE LIKE I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW ALL ABOUT HIM WHO AND WHAT HE STOOD FOR AND BY HE DIDNT TELL ME ALOT JUST SPENT TIME AT MY HOUSE SHARING TIME AND SITTING TOGETHER NOW THAT HE IS PAST AND I SIT LOOKING AT WHAT BELONGINGS I HAVE OF HIS NOW I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HE CARRIED IN HIS SOUL AND SPIRIT WHAT AND WHO IS HE I KNOW YOU ALL COULD EDUCATE ME AND MAYBE HELP ME TO KNOW HIM FOR WHAT YOU ALL DO rainingsun34@aol.com his number 1 neice

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Rick was a good man. We communicated in the 90's a number of times.
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And his niece's heart is in the right place, but she needs to learn how to spell and write.

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember Rick, I had spent a few years in the El Monte headquarters under Joe Tommasi and later Dan Stewart. I spent a few year on staff in Arlington at that Franklin Rd headquarters as well. I remember you Harold when you came back from Rhodesia and I still have a tape of you playing the banjo in the barracks. Hope all is well with you. Let me know how you are doing these days. You me and Wayne Hill used to spend a lot of time at the Village Inn drinking pitchers of beer. It has been a long time and it is sad to see the old comrade go.

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rick was a wonderful guy, and it needs to be said that he kicked some serious butt! I saw him wipe out commies, mexicans, jews twice his size. It was amazing - he was not a large man, but he was a master of martial arts, and anyone stupid enough to pick on him was on the pavement in seconds. I miss him very much; a real trooper and comrade! 88

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