Sunday, May 30, 2010
In memory of my hero, my Grandpa, John Sheridan Hopkins, 1924-1994. Grandpa served in World War II 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment, the 517th Airborne Division ~ "Thunder from Heaven". Grandpa was involved in the Battle of the Bulge where he was shot in the neck, where the bullet remained until his death as it was too close to the spine to remove at that time. He was captured by the Germans in January, installed in a prison camp and was liberated by the General Patton in April.
Grandpa never talked about his time in the War, which is understandable. Many years after his death I found out that he did pull his older son aside at one time and told him some information about his time in the War, but that is all. Since then, I have pieced together his time in the military, reunited the family with the 517th clan and with thier help, tracked down my Grandpa's buddy Private Weber, whom we were able to talk with and learn more about their time together in training and Europe.
To Grandpa, thank you!