Piedmont in Greenville County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Joe Ronnie Hooper
Captain United States Army
August 8, 1938
Earned the Medal of Honor
while serving as Staff Sergeant
Company D, 2nd Battaloin, 501st
Infantry, 101st Airborne Division
on February 21, 1968 near
His other decorations include
Two Silver Stars
Six Bronze Stars
Eight Purple Hearts
Died of natural causes at home
May 6, 1979
Buried in Section 46 at
Arlington National Cemetery
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Location. 34° 42.183′ N, 82° 27.667′ W. Marker is in Piedmont, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker is on County Road 182, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Piedmont SC 29673, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James Lawrence Orr (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); William Edgeworth Beattie (about 500 feet away); Henry Phickney Hammett (about 500 feet away); Luther Samuel Payne (approx. 1.3 miles away); Pepper School (approx. 3.9 miles away); Pelzer Presbyterian Church (approx. 4.2 miles away); Big Creek Baptist Church (approx. 5.6 miles away); Donaldson Air Force Base / Captain John O. Donaldson (approx. 5.8 miles away); Williamston Municipal Center (approx. 5.9 miles away); Confederate Skirmish (approx. 5.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Piedmont.
Also see . . .
1. Joe Hooper. Captain Joe Ronnie Hooper (August 8, 1938–May 6, 1979) was a Vietnam veteran whose combat decorations surpassed those of Lt. Audie Murphy or Sgt. Alvin York.
2. Joe Ronnie Hooper, Captain, United States Army. Arlington National Cemetery Website information.
3. The Forgotten Soldier: The Story of Staff Sergeant Joe Ronnie Hooper. It was philosopher and theologian Plato who once said, “A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.”
4. Joe Ronnie Hooper (1938-1979): Find a Grave Memorial. Viet Nam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient.
5. 101st Airborne Division. The 101st Airborne Division—the "Screaming Eagles"—is a U.S. Army modular infantry division trained for air assault operations.
6. Medal of Honor. The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government.
7. Silver Star. The Silver Star is the third-highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of any branch of the United States armed forces for valor in the face of the enemy.
8. Bronze Star Medal. The Bronze Star Medal (or BSM) is a United States Armed Forces individual military decoration that may be awarded for bravery, acts of merit, or meritorious service.
9. Purple Heart. The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those who have been wounded or killed while serving on or after April 5, 1917 with the U.S. military.
Categories. • War, Vietnam •
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