Joe Hooper

Joe Ronnie Hooper (1938 - 1979)

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Joe Ronnie "The Vietnam War's Audie Murphy" Hooper
Born in Piedmont, South Carolina, USAmap
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Died in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 23 Feb 2016 | Last significant change: 10 Nov 2018
21:57: Aaron Gullison edited the Biography for Joe Hooper. [Thank Aaron for this]
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Categories: Medal of Honor | Silver Star Medal | Bronze Star Medal | Air Medal | Army Commendation Medal | Presidential Unit Citation (Army) | Army Good Conduct Medal | Navy Good Conduct Medal | National Defense Service Medal | Vietnam Service Medal | Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm | Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation | Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation | Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation with Palm | Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal | Combat Infantry Badge | Purple Heart | American Notables.

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Biography

Company D, 2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, known informally as Delta's Raiders.

CAPT. Joe Ronnie Hooper Vietnam War Veteran Awarded by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress.

Awards

  • Medal Of Honor
  • 8 Purple Hearts
  • 2 Silver Stars
  • 6 Bronze Stars
  • U.S. Military Medal with Palm and Frame
  • Vietnam Service Medal
  • Campaign Star
  • Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm and Frame
  • Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation with Palms and Frames
  • Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation with 1960-device
  • Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal
  • Combat Infantry man Badge
  • Master Parachutes Badge

" Joe Ronnie Hooper and cousin Donnie Joe Blackstone were both born in Grove Station Community Piedmont, S.C,. Donnie Joe Blackstone is my dad. The two of them were close in age and as I grew up my dad didn't talk much of family. But as I grew more interested in The Ancestry and finding out how strong of a Military family I have, it sure is amazing to find out Absolam Hooper Revolutionary War Soldier 5th Great Grandfather, Captain Andrew Deaver Dillard Hooper CSA 3rd Great Grandfather, and Captain Joe Ronnie Hooper " Donnie Blackstone (Blackstone-170)

He was the most highly decorated soldier of the Vietnam War. During two combat tours, he earned 37 medals, including the Medal of Honor, two Silver Stars, six Bronze Stars and eight Purple Hearts. The Army credited him with killing 115 North Vietnamese.

Sgt. George Parker witnessed the almost seven-hour battle during the Tet offensive Feb. 21, 1968, near the ancient city of Hue, South Vietnam, action that earned Hooper the Medal of Honor. His account is several pages long. This is an excerpt:

"Sgt. Hooper in one day accomplished more than I previously believed could have been done in a month by one man. And he did it all while wounded," Parker said. "It wasn't just the actual count of positions overrun and enemy killed which was important. But far more so was the fantastic inspiration he gave every man in the company."

Hooper, 29 at the time, suffered seven wounds that day but wouldn't leave the battlefield until the next morning. He finally passed out from loss of blood. He regained consciousness in a field hospital.

The next day, worried about his men, he stole a rifle and hitched a ride back to his outfit, still wearing the top half of his hospital gown. Technically, he was AWOL. By the time the Army found him two days later, he had been wounded again.[1]

Joe's heroics drew comparison to Audie Murphy, hero of WWII. He was known as the Vietnam Wa's Audie Murphy. However, if he had any feeling of invincibility, the thought evaporated May 28, 1971, when actor Audie Murphy, a Medal of Honor recipient and the most highly decorated soldier of World War II, died in a plane crash in Virginia. Hooper was a pallbearer.

He married Faye_____ 13 June 1971 in California.

Joe Hooper died unexpectedly of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1979.

Burial

  • Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA. Plot: Section 46, Lot 656-17.

Sources

  1. Widow's recollections


  • GenealogyBank: Date: Thursday, November 25, 1971 Paper: Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, Washington) Page: 42

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On 13 Jun 2017 Donnie Blackstone wrote:

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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Joe by comparing test results with other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Joe: Donnie Blackstone Find Relationship : 23andMe, GEDMatch M416339 [test details]



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On 13 Jun 2017 at 20:14 GMT Donnie Blackstone wrote:

DNA Connections

It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Joe by comparing test results with other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Joe: Donnie Blackstone Find Relationship : 23andMe, GEDMatch M416339 [test details]



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