Hopkins, James Richard, Col

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Primary Unit
1945-1947, Air Force Reserve Command
Service Years
1941 - 1974
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Robert Bruce McClelland, Jr. to remember Hopkins, James Richard, Col USAF(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Norman, Oklahoma
Last Address
Chickasha, Oklahoma

Date of Passing
May 10, 2010
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Air Force Commander Air Training Command Instructor (pre-1966) Combat Crew WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

Air Force Retired AAFTTC Instructor

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association
  1974, Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He served his country well by fighting in 3 wars.
The location of his remains is unknown.

His AF Cross citation:

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Lieutenant Colonel James Richard Hopkins (AFSN: 0-37029A), United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force while serving as Commanding Officer, 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Korat Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, in action in Southeast Asia on 29 June 1966. On that date, Colonel Hopkins was Mission Commander of a large strike force of F-105 Thunderchiefs tasked with destroying a large petroleum, oil, and lubricant storage area at Hanoi, North Vietnam. Despite adverse weather and the most intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire ever encountered over North Vietnam, including deadly surface-to-air missiles, he led his force in totally destroying this vital military target. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Lieutenant Colonel Hopkins reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: June 29, 1966

Service: Air Force

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Company: 469 Tactical Fighter Squadron

Division: Korat Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand

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Aviator (Command)
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Air ForceAviation Cadet Flight SchoolUS Air Force
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 747, Air Force Bases/ Installations
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1945-1947, Air Force Reserve Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1944 World War II/American Theater
  1941-1945 World War II
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1950-1951 Korean War
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)
  1950-1951 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
  1966-1966 Vietnam Defensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1966-1966 Vietnam Air Campaign (1966)
  1966-1966 Vietnam War
  1966-1966 Vietnam Air Offensive Campaign (1966-67)
 Colleges Attended 
Air War College
  1968-1969, Air War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  F-84 Thunderjet  
F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  F-86 Sabre  F-89 Scorpion  F-89 Scorpion  
RB-57D Canberra  F-101 Voodoo  F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  KC-97 Stratotanker  
T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)  C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  F-4 Phantom  F-111 Aardvark  
  1944-1944, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1944-1945, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1948-1949, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1948-1949, F-84 Thunderjet
  1950-1951, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
  1951-1951, F-86 Sabre
  1951-1951, F-84 Thunderjet
  1951-1952, F-89 Scorpion
  1953-1953, F-84 Thunderjet
  1953-1956, F-86 Sabre
  1955-1958, F-89 Scorpion
  1957-1960, RB-57D Canberra
  1958-1960, F-84 Thunderjet
  1960-1963, F-101 Voodoo
  1963-1966, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
  1966-1967, F-84 Thunderjet
  1966-1967, KC-97 Stratotanker
  1966-1967, T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)
  1966-1967, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
  1967-1968, F-4 Phantom
  1968-1968, F-111 Aardvark
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