Hooper felt our Nation's call again less than a year later, when he joined the United States Army in May, 1960. After Army basic training he volunteered for Airborne School. His first post was with the 82nd Airborne Division, and he also served in both Korea and Panama while attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. Run-ins with the military justice system saw him reduced in rank to Corporal, but in late 1967 he was promoted again to Sergeant and joined the 101st Airborne Division, with which he made his first tour of duty in Vietnam. He was discharged from the service upon his return from war in June 1968.
During his Vietnam tour on this day in 1968, he cemented his place among our Nation's greatest heroes. For his leadership and courage while assaulting a heavily defended enemy position, all the while ignoring his own multiple wounds and injuries and putting first the lives of his soldiers, he received our Nation's highest honor.
This is simply an amazing account, worthy of not just admiration but also awe...
From Medal of Honor Citations for the Vietnam War (A-L):