John Joseph Hooper

Specialist Five
Army of the United States
01 July 1949 - 01 August 1970
Ventura, California
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Army Aircrew

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for John Joseph Hooper

21 Feb 2008

John, how do I thank you?

You paid the ultimate price we all faced every day. You saved us all that fateful day. Had you not reacted correctly, I would have been hit and we would probably have gone down right there.

I have a picture of OH-6A #67-16636 above my desk so I can be reminded every day how close we were to dying on March 20, 1970. The first shot came so close to my cheek that I felt it go by. Because of you, there was no second shot from that enemy soldier.

His friends took up the fight and shot us up pretty good, but we all made it back unharmed, after an unscheduled stop, and in another bird, to Camp Eagle.

Your actions gave us all a second chance and for that I am forever in your debt.

I regret to this day that I was not there on August 1st to repay the favor.

May God bless your soul.

From a former pilot with A/377 Arty,
Bob Reigel
Gunner 84

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Two men of A Battery, 377th Artillery, died when their OH-6A (tail number 67-16628) was shot down, exploded, and burned while enroute Camp Eagle:
  • CW2 Anton John Schoepke, pilot, A Bty, 377th Arty Rgt
  • SP5 John Joseph Hooper, observer, HHB, 2nd Bn, 320th Arty Rgt

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a former pilot with A/377 Arty,
Bob Reigel
Gunner 84

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 21 Feb 2008
Last updated 05/10/2008