Looking for a hero: Staff Sergeant Joe Ronnie Hooper and the by Peter Maslowski

By Peter Maslowski

Widely acclaimed because the Vietnam War's so much hugely embellished soldier, Joe Ronnie Hooper in lots of methods serves as an emblem for that clash. His , tempestuous lifestyles paralleled the upheavals in American society throughout the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies, and his determined quest to turn out his manhood was once uncomfortably reminiscent of the macho snapshot projected by means of 3 successive presidents of their "tough" coverage in Southeast Asia. Looking for a Hero extracts the true Joe Hooper from the welter of lies and myths that swirl round his tale; in doing so, the ebook uncovers not just the advanced fact approximately an American hero but in addition the tale of ways Hooper's struggle was once misplaced in Vietnam, now not at domestic.

Extensive interviews with pals, fellow infantrymen, and relations demonstrate Hooper as a posh, proficient, and disturbed guy. additionally they divulge the issues in his most famed and valuable accomplishment: incomes the Medal of Honor. within the distortions, half-truths, and outright lies that mar Hooper's medal of honor dossier, authors Peter Maslowski and Don Winslow discover a painful mirrored image of the army's lack of ability to be sincere with itself and the yank public, with the entire dire effects that this dishonesty eventually entailed. within the inextricably associated tales of Hooper and the Vietnam conflict, the character of that deceit, and of America's defeat, turns into clear.

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If they received extended leave time they CHAPTER 2 traveled to Moses Lake where Roy began dating (and eventually married) Mavis Opp, Joe’s old girlfriend. Boot camp ended March 30, 1956. Having endured it together as inseparably as conjoined twins, Joe and Roy suddenly went their separate ways after Roy saw a bulletin board notice calling for tryouts for a naval football team on North Island. He made the team, and as a bonus also made the basketball team. “So basically all I did all the time in the service is play football and basketball over at North Island.

60 He had the chance, but when the opportunity came he evaded it. For a decade before World War II, Wayne survived in Hollywood by choking down a diet of bad scripts, but by 1941 he was approaching stardom. Then the war began and Wayne had a choice to make: should he serve his country or himself ? With little hesitation and few qualms, he chose the latter. Other actors put their careers on hold and donned uniforms while Wayne maneuvered to avoid either volunteering or being drafted. True, he was in his mid-thirties and had a wife and four young children, but other stars who were as old or older and had children readily volunteered.

But at other times he did not think the United States should be in Vietnam, and he worried that his two draft-age sons might be called upon to serve. “I don’t want them to try to be what I was. ” 65 All too well he knew what real war did to men, even heroes who survived. If John Wayne represented the ideological rigidity that sent Americans to Vietnam and kept them there beyond any useful purpose, Audie Murphy personified the mixed emotions that most Americans ultimately felt about the conflict.

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