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John Isaac Hopkins

Date of death: 18-Apr-98
Home of record: Brooklyn New York

John Hopkins graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1956. He retired as a U.S. Marine Corps Major General.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Navy Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Major General John Isaac Hopkins (MCSN: 0-70652), United States Marine Corps, was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States.

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Major General

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain John Isaac Hopkins (MCSN: 0-70652), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action during operations against the Viet Cong while serving as Infantry Battalion Advisor, Second Battalion, Vietnamese Marine Corps, deployed on combat operations near Bong Son, Binh Dinh Province, Republic of Vietnam. On 22 February 1966, an attack launched against the enemy was repulsed by enemy obstacles, mines and machinegun fire. Captain Hopkins advanced ahead of the lead elements of the attack units under intense hostile fire to a position where he could direct U.S. aircraft strikes against the enemy. Largely due to Captain Hopkins' courageous actions, the enemy was forced to abandon their positions and retreat. On 24 February 1966, an attack on enemy positions in Binh Dinh Province proved ineffective, and the Vietnamese Marines were forced to withdraw. Captain Hopkins voluntarily remained behind in an exposed position to direct the naval gunfire covering the withdrawal. Despite continuous automatic weapons and mortar fire around his position, he remained to adjust the covering fire until he was ordered to rejoin the Vietnamese task force. Captain Hopkins' professional competence, calm demeanor and courage under fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: February 22 & 24, 1966

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Captain

Company: Advisor

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Major General John Isaac Hopkins (MCSN: 0-70652), United States Marine Corps, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States.

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Major General