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Sober Thoughts At Pearl Harbor

What if you had been there and seen those bomber squadrons roaring in to wreak their carnage? Continue reading

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War Stories

There are a few things you ought to know about me and my life experience before you judge my fitness to tell tales of war. Continue reading

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Hail to the Hero!

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

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Herbert Hopp’s Story Published!

“Herbert Hopp’s Story” is a tale of military achievement but it’s also a tale of pain and suffering. Long before the term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) had even been coined, my uncle was deep in its throes. Continue reading

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Unsung Navy Air Heroes of Guadalcanal

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

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VGS-12 at Guadalcanal

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 Delving into unpublished war records and archives, I’ve been able to trace him to his arrival at Guadalcanal in the heat of the battle.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

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Writing makes me weep

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

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Uncle Herb at Pearl Harbor

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

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Help wanted

Seeking help researching WWII aviators of the South Pacific, especially Grumman Avenger crews stationed on Guadalcanal Continue reading

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