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Aaron Hopper, Swannanoa, NC, 1946 [detail]

Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Service Unit/Ship: 194th Tank Battalion
  • Location of Service: Pacific Theater; Bataan, Philippines; Manchuria; Pacific Theater
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/1648

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"Even in our worst moments, some type of humor would usually keep us going." (Memoir)

Stationed in the Philippines in December 1941, Aaron Hopper wouldn't surrender to the Japanese without a fight. After Bataan fell in April 1942, he and a lieutenant fashioned a homemade float and escaped capture by swimming five miles across Manila Bay to Corregidor. Hopper spent 25 days there at Fort Drum until that facility finally fell. Sent to work in factories in Manchuria, he actively sabotaged production. His memoir includes a stirring account, written by Office of Strategic Services historians, of his rescue at war's end, when Hopper's captors refused to believe that Japan had itself surrendered.

[ Memoirs, "My Most Vivid Experiences as an American Prisoner of War of the Japanese During World War II." ]

About this Item

Title

  • Aaron Clyde Hopper Collection

Names

  • Hopper, Aaron Clyde
  • Nashville Room, Nashville Public Library
  • Barnickel, Linda

Home State

  • Tennessee

Headings

  • -  Hopper, Aaron Clyde
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.
  • -  Prisoner of War -- United States

Repository

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

Gender

  • Male

Status

  • veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Service Unit/Ship: 194th Tank Battalion
    • Location of Service: Pacific Theater; Bataan, Philippines; Manchuria; Pacific Theater
    • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
    • Dates of Service: 1941-1946
    • Prisoner of War: Yes
    • Military Status: veteran
    • Service History Note: The veteran sustained combat/service-related injuries as a prisoner of the Japanese. He was held as a Japanese prisoner of war (POW) for three years and four months in Manchuria.

Materials

  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 1986-05-15)
  • Manuscript: Memoir [1 item] -- (collected 1997)
  • Manuscript: Clippings [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 1999)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/1648

Cite as

  • Aaron Clyde Hopper Collection (AFC/2001/001/1648), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

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Location of Service

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Prisoner of War

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Gender

Home State

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Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

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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:

Hopper, Aaron Clyde, Nashville Public Library Nashville Room, and Linda Barnickel. Aaron Clyde Hopper Collection. 1941. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.01648/.

APA citation style:

Hopper, A. C., Nashville Room, N. P. L. & Barnickel, L. (1941) Aaron Clyde Hopper Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.01648/.

MLA citation style:

Hopper, Aaron Clyde, Nashville Public Library Nashville Room, and Linda Barnickel. Aaron Clyde Hopper Collection. 1941. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.01648/>.