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Benjamin Grover Hopkins, Jr.

Benjamin Grover Hopkins, Jr.

Benjamin Grover Hopkins, Jr., was born in Murray, Nebraska on September 16, 1920 to Grover and Tena Hopkins.  He joined the U.S. Navy in 1940, and retired in 1962.

According to the article in Our Navy Mr. Hopkins did not feel that he could make a second journey to the coast.  Mr. Hopkins, along with a British officer that had lost both legs, insisted on being left at a first aid station.  The Japanese later took them as prisoners of war.  He spent three years and eight months as a prisoner of war.

Mr. Hopkins died on July 27, 1969, in San Diego, California.  He was 48 years old.  At the time of his death he was an Electronics Consultant Engineer, and had just returned from Subic Bay.

Here are four newspaper articles from the Cass County Echo regarding Mr. Hopkins:

November 8, 1943

February 21, 1944

October 5, 1945

November 16, 1945

You may view and sign Mr. Hopkins' memorial page on Find A Grave by clicking here.

I would like to thank the Cass County Historical Society in Plattsmouth, Nebraska for their generous help in providing this information regarding Mr. Hopkins.  I would also like to thank Mr. Hopkins' family for providing the photograph of Mr. Hopkins.

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