DOUGLAS J HOOTS
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HONORED ON PANEL 25E, LINE 110 OF THE WALL

DOUGLAS JAMES HOOTS

WALL NAME

DOUGLAS J HOOTS

PANEL / LINE

25E/110

DATE OF BIRTH

07/15/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NGAI

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/04/1967

HOME OF RECORD

WINCHESTER

COUNTY OF RECORD

Scott County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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LEFT FOR DOUGLAS JAMES HOOTS
POSTED ON 5.5.2024

Final Mission of SP4 Douglas J. Hoots

A Bailey bridge is a type of portable, prefabricated truss bridge developed by the British for military use during the Second World War. In Vietnam, the Bailey bridge was employed extensively due to the Viet Cong (VC) habit of destroying bridges to halt military traffic and disrupt commerce. On July 27, 1967, a Bailey bridge was constructed on National Route QL-1 across the Song Ve (River), ten kilometers southeast of Quang Ngai city in Quang Ngai Province, RVN. It was the longest Bailey bridge in Vietnam with a span of 590 feet. Bridge erection began from both directions, with Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) engineers working on the north side and the U.S. Army’s 39th Engineer Battalion on south side. On the early morning of September 4, 1967, the VC attacked the construction site, launching approximately 50 rounds of 60mm mortar fire at the security party on duty. The barrage killed a Combat Engineer from C Company, 39th Engineer Battalion, SP4 Douglas J. Hoots, and injured eight other Americans. Two M114A1 armored personnel carriers from G Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment were heavily damaged. The bridge suffered minor damage. The attack failed to halt progress on the crossing, and a week later it was opened to traffic. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and usace.contentdm.oclc.org]
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POSTED ON 11.5.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam
And for a brief moment its glory
and beauty belong to our world
But then it flies again
And though we wish it could have stayed...
We feel lucky to have seen it.
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POSTED ON 7.11.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sp4 Douglas Hoots, Thank you for your service as a Combat Engineer. Your 72ns birthday is in a few days, happy birthday. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 9.4.2018
POSTED BY: Janice Current

An American Hero

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 9.4.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 Douglas James Hoots, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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