Capt. Joe Ronnie Hooper, an exemplary soldier from Piedmont, South Carolina, remains an emblem of bravery in the Army’s history, retiring with an incredible record of commendations including two Silver Stars, six Bronze Stars, and the prestigious Medal of Honor. The Medal of Honor was awarded for his unmatched courage during the Battle of Hue in 1968, where he accomplished a series of combat feats, culminating in 22 confirmed kills in a single day. Despite his commendable service, he met an untimely death at 40 due to a cerebral hemorrhage and rests at Arlington National Cemetery.
- Capt. Joe Ronnie Hooper’s awards included the Medal of Honor, two Silver Stars, six Bronze Stars, eight Purple Hearts, among others.
- During the Battle of Hue on Feb. 21, 1968, Hooper was credited with 22 confirmed kills while leading an assault against a heavily defended Viet Cong position and performing several heroic actions.
- Hooper showed resilience during combat, refusing medical attention even after being seriously injured, to ensure the safety of his men and eliminate enemy positions.
- He was presented the Medal of Honor by President Richard Nixon in 1969 and retired from the military in 1974 with 115 confirmed enemy KIA to his name.
- Tragically, Hooper passed away at age 40 from a cerebral hemorrhage and is interred at Arlington National Cemetery.