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Lynn C. Hooper


AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain (Field Artillery) Lynn C. Hooper (ASN: OF-106140), United States Army, for gallantry in action in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force on 8 November 1967. Captain Hooper distinguished himself while serving as aircraft commander of a UH-1C helicopter of the 189th Assault Helicopter Company, 1st Aviation Brigade, on a combat mission. He was in command of two armed helicopters supporting a special forces team in heavy contact with a determined, well armed enemy force. While attacking the enemy, the wing ship in his flight was shot down by intense enemy fire, and crashed into the jungle. He then called for the flight of helicopters which had just departed, to return and rescue the downed crew. He continued to attack the enemy positions despite the deadly hostile fire and forced the enemy to remain away from the rescue site. After expending all ammunition on his helicopter, he chose to remain and attack the enemy with personal weapons and smoke grenades in order to make the rescue possible. He pressed his attack until all of the rescue ships had departed, and only then did he withdraw from the battle and seek safety. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, 1st Aviation Brigade, General Orders No. 994 (February 27, 1968)

Action Date: November 8, 1967

Service: Army

Rank: Captain

Company: 189th Assault Helicopter Company

Regiment: 1st Aviation Brigade

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Captain (Field Artillery) Lynn C. Hooper (ASN: OF-106140), United States Army, for gallantry in action in connection with military operations against an armed enemy. Captain Hooper distinguished himself while serving as Aircraft Commander of an armed helicopter gunship of the 189th Assault Helicopter Company, 1st Aviation Brigade, on a combat mission at Kontum on 30 January 1968. Arriving at Kontum, he sighted and immediately engaged numerous enemy machine gun and sniper positions. Both ships received several hits, but continued making daring low level passes until they were both expended. Rearmed and airborne, he again led his fire team against a heavy automatic weapons emplacement. While making his runs, his ship was hit on the left front by an anti-aircraft round. As he was departing the area, his ship lost engine oil pressure and was forced to return to Pleiku. Arriving at Pleiku, he immediately acquired another ship and returned to the area of contact. Upon returning to the area, he was immediately requested to make an emergency medical evacuation back to Pleiku. After braving the enemy fire and evacuating the wounded man to medical aid, he returned to Kontum and continued his assaults on the insurgent forces. Through his courage and personal bravery, he was truly instrumental in the successful completion of the mission. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, 1st Aviation Brigade, General Orders No. 4618 (July 15, 1968)

Action Date: January 30, 1968

Service: Army

Rank: Captain

Company: 189th Assault Helicopter Company

Regiment: 1st Aviation Brigade

Defense Superior Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

Under the provisions of Department of Defense 1348.33-M, the Secretary of Defense has awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal to Brigadier General Lynn C. Hooper (ASN: OF-106140), United States Army, for distinguished service as Joint Chiefs of Staff Representative to Negotiations on the Confidence and Security Building Measures in Europe, Strategic Plans and Policies Directorate, Joint Staff, from November 1988 to December 1990. General Hooper was responsible for ensuring United States government objectives representing the full spectrum of politico-military security interests were successfully achieved in these negotiations. Designated as the United States Delegation spokesman charged with hands-on negotiation of specific measures, his personal initiatives and influential leadership in this multinational arena culminated in rapid agreement of proposals under his cognizance, and ultimately, an entire document of new and improved measures. His sound military analysis and recommendations contributed not only to the confidence building process, but also to the development of the future security framework in Europe. General Hooper's tenacious and forthright diplomacy was instrumental in fostering improved bilateral military relations with the Soviet Union and emerging democracies in Easter Europe. The distinctive accomplishments of General Hooper culminate a distinguished career in the service of his country and reflect great credit upon himself, the United States Army, and the Department of Defense.

General Orders: Military Personnel Awards Memorandum 90-0101 (November 21, 1990)

Action Date: November 1988 - December 1990

Service: Army

Rank: Brigadier General

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Colonel (Field Artillery) Lynn C. Hooper (ASN: OF-106140), United States Army, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States from 5 July 1977 to 15 June 1980.

Action Date: July 5, 1977 - June 15, 1980

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Brigadier General Lynn C. Hooper (ASN: OF-106140), United States Army, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States.

Action Date: 1980 - 1985

Service: Army

Rank: Brigadier General

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Brigadier General Lynn C. Hooper (ASN: OF-106140), United States Army, was awarded a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States from June 1986 to September 1988.

Action Date: June 1986 - September 1988

Service: Army

Rank: Brigadier General

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain (Field Artillery) Lynn C. Hooper (ASN: OF-106140), United States Army, for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 189th Assault Helicopter Company on 31 August 1967. Captain Hooper distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions while serving as a flight leader of a flight controlling mission. A reconnaissance patrol had been pinned down and surrounded by a superior enemy force just north of Pleiku Valley, Republic of Vietnam. Operating in the most marginal weather conditions, Captain Hooper planned, coordinated and led the successful operation. Through his courage, disregard of his own personal safety and utilization of sound judgment, he contributed immeasurably to the success of the mission. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, 1st Aviation Brigade, General Orders No. 5151 (October 23, 1967)

Action Date: August 31, 1967

Service: Army

Rank: Captain

Company: 189th Assault Helicopter Company

Regiment: 1st Aviation Brigade

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain (Field Artillery) Lynn C. Hooper (ASN: OF-106140), United States Army, for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 189th Assault Helicopter Company on 27 November 1967. Captain Hooper distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions while serving as Platoon Commander and Flight Leader of an armed helicopter flight of two light fire teams. Captain Hooper acted as escort for a flight of eight cargo helicopters which were attempting to extract a trapped friendly unit deep in enemy territory. Upon arriving at the area, he immediately led his fire team on devastating runs over the enemy positions. He continued his accuracy as he brought suppressive fire upon the enemy emplacements. The enemy was forced to break contact with the friendly unit and the extraction was successfully completed. His actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, 1st Aviation Brigade, General Orders No. 96 (January 9, 1968)

Action Date: November 27, 1967

Service: Army

Rank: Captain

Company: 189th Assault Helicopter Company

Regiment: 1st Aviation Brigade

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain (Field Artillery) Lynn C. Hooper (ASN: OF-106140), United States Army, for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 189th Assault Helicopter Company on 13 July 1967. Captain Hooper distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions while serving as fire team leader of a pair of aerial helicopters during a combat support mission. A friendly ground force had made contact with a superior enemy force and was in desperate need of support. Arriving with his fire team, Captain Hooper immediately directed and applied suppressive fire on the enemy positions and forced the enemy to break contact with the friendly force. While his wingman provided suppressive fire, Captain Hooper went to a small landing zone to evacuate a seriously wounded soldier. On a second trip into the landing zone he delivered much needed ammunition and grenades. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, 1st Aviation Brigade, General Orders No. 562 (February 7, 1968)

Action Date: July 13, 1967

Service: Army

Company: 189th Assault Helicopter Company

Regiment: 1st Aviation Brigade

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting a Third Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Fourth Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain (Field Artillery) Lynn C. Hooper (ASN: OF-106140), United States Army, for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary actions above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 189th Assault Helicopter Company on 2 February 1968: Captain Hooper distinguished himself while serving as an aircraft commander of an armed helicopter involved in an attack on a battalion of enemy troops. Although three other aircraft had already been shot down by the ever increasing enemy ground fire, he repeatedly braved the hostile fire and effected devastating gun runs on the enemy positions. Due to the proximity of the friendly ground troops to the enemy positions, extreme accuracy was necessary for the firing of the rockets. While making his rocket runs on hostile positions, he also directed the fire of his door gunners into pockets of enemy resistance. Remaining on station throughout the period of contact, he was truly instrumental in the successful annihilation of the insurgent battalion. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, 1st Aviation Brigade, General Orders No. 3903 (June 21, 1968)

Action Date: February 2, 1968

Service: Army

Rank: Captain

Company: 189th Assault Helicopter Company

Regiment: 1st Aviation Brigade