Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
August 08, 1938 at Piedmont, SC
Entered Service in the US
Army from Los Angeles, CA
06, 1979 at the age of 40
The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism on
February 21, 1968 at Hue, Vietnam
Hooper's company was assaulting an enemy position along a river
bank when it was hit by a hail of enemy fire. He rallied several
men and stormed across the river, overrunning several bunkers.
He moved out again under intense fire and pulled back the
wounded, despite being wounded himself. He single-handedly
stormed three enemy bunkers, destroying them with grenades and
shot two enemy soldiers who had attacked and wounded the
Chaplain. Leading his men forward in a sweep of the area he
destroyed three buildings housing enemy riflemen during which he
was attacked by a North Vietnamese officer whom he fatally
wounded with his bayonet. He proceeded alone to the building,
killing its occupants. As his squad reached the final line of
enemy resistance, it received devastating fire from four bunkers
in line on its left flank. Staff Sergeant Hooper gathered
several grenades and raced down a small trench tossing them into
each bunker, killing all but two of the occupants. He destroyed
the first with a grenade and neutralized two more by rifle fire.
He then raced across an open field to rescue a wounded man who
was trapped in a trench, killed an advancing enemy with his
pistol, and carried his comrade to safety.