Hooper, Joe Ronnie, CPT

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Captain
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1977-1978, 104th Division (Institutional Training)
Service Years
1961 - 1978
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Infantry

Captain



Three Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
1938
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SP 4 Steven Ryan (LoneWolf) to remember Hooper, Joe Ronnie (MOH), CPT USA(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Piedmont
Last Address
Louisville, KY

Date of Passing
May 06, 1979
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 46, Lot 656-17

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 104th Training Division 82nd Airbone Division 101st Airbone Division

2nd Armored Division Special Forces Group


 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne Armor Shoulder Cord US Navy Honorable Discharge Cold War Veteran




 Military Association Memberships
Legion Of ValorN/A
  1968, Legion Of Valor [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1970, Combat Infantrymen's Association, N/A [Verified]


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

                                          
   
Other Comments:

Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company D, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. Place and date: Near Hue, Republic of Vietnam, 21 February 1968. Entered service at: Los Angeles, Calif. Born: 8 August 1938, Piedmont, S.C.

Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Staff Sergeant (then Sgt.) Hooper, U.S. Army, distinguished himself while serving as squad leader with Company D. Company D was assaulting a heavily defended enemy position along a river bank when it encountered a withering hail of fire from rockets, machine guns and automatic weapons. S/Sgt. Hooper rallied several men and stormed across the river, overrunning several bunkers on the opposite shore. Thus inspired, the rest of the company moved to the attack. With utter disregard for his own safety, he moved out under the intense fire again and pulled back the wounded, moving them to safety. During this act S/Sgt. Hooper was seriously wounded, but he refused medical aid and returned to his men. With the relentless enemy fire disrupting the attack, he single-handedly stormed 3 enemy bunkers, destroying them with hand grenade and rifle fire, and shot 2 enemy soldiers who had attacked and wounded the Chaplain. Leading his men forward in a sweep of the area, S/Sgt. Hooper destroyed 3 buildings housing enemy riflemen. At this point he was attacked by a North Vietnamese officer whom he fatally wounded with his bayonet. Finding his men under heavy fire from a house to the front, he proceeded alone to the building, killing its occupants with rifle fire and grenades. By now his initial body wound had been compounded by grenade fragments, yet despite the multiple wounds and loss of blood, he continued to lead his men against the intense enemy fire. As his squad reached the final line of enemy resistance, it received devastating fire from 4 bunkers in line on its left flank. S/Sgt. Hooper gathered several hand grenades and raced down a small trench which ran the length of the bunker line, tossing grenades into each bunker as he passed by, killing all but 2 of the occupants. With these positions destroyed, he concentrated on the last bunkers facing his men, destroying the first with an incendiary grenade and neutralizing 2 more by rifle fire. He then raced across an open field, still under enemy fire, to rescue a wounded man who was trapped in a trench. Upon reaching the man, he was faced by an armed enemy soldier whom he killed with a pistol. Moving his comrade to safety and returning to his men, he neutralized the final pocket of enemy resistance by fatally wounding 3 North Vietnamese officers with rifle fire. S/Sgt. Hooper then established a final line and reorganized his men, not accepting treatment until this was accomplished and not consenting to evacuation until the following morning. His supreme valor, inspiring leadership and heroic self-sacrifice were directly responsible for the company's success and provided a lasting example in personal courage for every man on the field. S/Sgt. Hooper's actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army

   
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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Master Parachutist
Rifle
Vietnam - Jump Wings

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1956, Prior service - basic training waived (USN/USNR)
  1960, Basic Training (Fort Ord, CA), A
 Unit Assignments
US NavyAirborne School1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment
2nd Armored Division101st Airborne Division 2nd Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment
1st Battalion, 5th InfantryUS Army Reserve Command (USARC)12th Special Forces Group (Airborne)104th Division (Institutional Training)
  1956-1959, US Navy
  1960-1960, Airborne School
  1960-1961, 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division
  1961-1963, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment
  1964-1965, 2nd Armored Division
  1965-1965, 101st Airborne Division
  1966-1967, 2nd Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  1967-1967, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment
  1967-1968, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment
  1968-1968, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment
  1969-1970, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry/HHC
  1970-1971, 101st Airborne Division
  1971-1971, Airborne School
  1974-1974, US Army Reserve Command (USARC)
  1974-1976, 12th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1977-1978, 104th Division (Institutional Training)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/Battle of Hue
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
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