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My Uncle Herb was one of those young men who volunteered the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed. He went to the Navy recruiters and requested training to become a fighter pilot, no doubt with dreams of shooting down those who had attacked our fleet. Continue reading
I’ve found a first-hand account of the engagement in which Herb’s plane was shot down, his pilot and bombardier where mortally wounded, and he was shot full of metal fragments and bullet holes. Continue reading
I’ve continued to pursue my Uncle Herb’s valiant, if ill fated, World War II record. Delving into unpublished war records and archives, I’ve been able to trace him to his arrival at Guadalcanal in the heat of the battle. Continue reading
Some stories are hard for a writer to tell. I may be too close to the war stories of my Uncle Herb, a bona fide hero and one who suffered as much as anybody in World War II. Sometimes I weep as I write. Continue reading
A photo of Herbert A Hopp on leave in Hawaii en route to his showdown with Japanese Zero pilots in the South Pacific battle for Guadalcanal. Continue reading