GARY D HOPPS
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HONORED ON PANEL 5E, LINE 22 OF THE WALL

GARY DOUGLAS HOPPS

WALL NAME

GARY D HOPPS

PANEL / LINE

5E/22

DATE OF BIRTH

08/28/1936

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/10/1966

HOME OF RECORD

CORAL GABLES

COUNTY OF RECORD

Miami-Dade County

STATE

FL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

LT

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STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR GARY DOUGLAS HOPPS
POSTED ON 8.19.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

POW-MIA

Never Forget.

Semper Fortis
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POSTED ON 2.15.2020
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet

Distinguished Flying Cross Award

CITATION:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Gary Douglas Hopps,
United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Pilot in Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FORTY-FIVE (VA-145), embarked in U.S.S. RANGER (CVA-61), during a reprisal attack against a vital North Vietnamese communications link consisting of a highway bridge and an overpass over a road junction, on 10 February 1966. As a member of a three-plane flight, Lieutenant Hopps carried out bold and aggressive attacks in the face of intense enemy anti-aircraft fire, scoring direct hits on the bridge with his two 500-pound bombs and direct hits on the overpass and road junction with the remainder of his bombs. Lieutenant Hopps' aircraft was last seen enveloped in enemy anti-aircraft fire, after which it crashed and disintegrated on impact in the immediate vicinity of the target area. Through his determined and heroic efforts, he contributed materially to the effort of the United States in the Vietnam conflict at the cost of his life.
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POSTED ON 7.14.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lt Gary Hopps, Thank you for your service as an Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot, from the USS RANGER. You are still MIA. Please come home. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 6.20.2019

Final Mission of LT Gary D. Hopps

On February 10, 1966, a U.S. Navy Douglas A-1H Skyraider (#137627) from Attack Squadron 145 (VA-145) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CVA-61) was shot down by anti-aircraft fire between the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and Dong Hoi, Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam. The pilot, LT Gary D. Hopps, was reportedly attacking a road bridge when his aircraft slammed into the ground. It was surmised that Hopps may have been wounded by the groundfire which prevented him from ejecting. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and the books “U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Aircraft Damaged or Destroyed During the Vietnam War” by Douglas E. Campbell and “U.S. Navy A-1 Skyraider Units of the Vietnam War” by Rick Burgess and Zip Rausa]
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POSTED ON 8.28.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Lieutenant Gary Douglas Hopps, Served with Attack Squadron 145 (VA-145), Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14), USS Ranger, Task Force 77 (TF-77), 7th Fleet.
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