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Sgt. Edward W. Hopkins, Camp Croft, S.C. [1944]

Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Unit of Service: Battery A, 411th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion, 3rd Army; Training Cadre, Camp Croft
  • Location of Service: European Theater
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/1

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"Truman was giving his speech about the war being over and suddenly the German planes came over, and we shot one of them down." (Video Interview, Part 2, 2:21)

The day World War II came to an official end, Edward Hopkins and his antiaircraft crew were taking no chances, picking off a German plane whose intentions weren't clear. Hopkins was in Austria at the time, attached to Patton's Third Army, which had been famously diverted from driving straight on into Berlin for the end of the war. His postwar experiences included supervising German civilians as they cleaned up the Dachau death camp and visiting the grave of his brother in France, who had been killed in action there.

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About this Item

Title

  • Edward Wallace Hopkins Collection

Names

  • Hopkins, Martha E.
  • Library of Congress
  • Hopkins, Edward Wallace

Home State

  • Virginia

Headings

  • -  Hopkins, Edward Wallace
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Status

  • veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Unit of Service: Battery A, 411th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion, 3rd Army; Training Cadre, Camp Croft
    • Location of Service: European Theater
    • Highest Rank: Sergeant
    • Dates of Service: 1943-1946
    • Entrance into Service: Drafted
    • Military Status: veteran

Materials

  • Photograph: Photocopy of Photographic Print [2 items] -- Photograph (collected 1943-2000)
  • Video: Digital Betacam [1 item] -- Digitized Copy (collected 2001-07-21)
  • Video: VHS [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2001-07-21)
  • Computer File: DVD [ item] -- (collected unknown)
  • Computer File: Floppy Disk [1 item] -- Electronic file of manuscript (collected 2001-07-21)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Transcription of video recording (collected 2001-07-21)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/1

Cite as

  • Edward Wallace Hopkins Collection (AFC/2001/001/1), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image
  • online text
  • video

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

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Citing VHP Materials

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Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Hopkins, Martha E, Library Of Congress, and Edward Wallace Hopkins. Edward Wallace Hopkins Collection. 1943. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.00001/.

APA citation style:

Hopkins, M. E., Library Of Congress & Hopkins, E. W. (1943) Edward Wallace Hopkins Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.00001/.

MLA citation style:

Hopkins, Martha E, Library Of Congress, and Edward Wallace Hopkins. Edward Wallace Hopkins Collection. 1943. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.00001/>.