Le Journal du Mémorial

"Ne demandons pas à Dieu pourquoi de tels hommes devaient mourir à la guerre... Laissez-nous plutôt remercier Dieu que de tels hommes aient vécus..."
Général George S. Patton

Frederick Walter Hopping 
Born February, 8 1907 at Hanover, Morris, New Jersey, USA
Died Juin, 6 1944 à Omaha Beach, Normandy, France
Buried in Normandy American Cimetery of Colleville-sur-Mer
 (Plot I, Row n°3, Grave n°2)
Religion : Protestant
Civilian occupation: Authors, editors, and reporters ??

Awards : Purple Heart

Service#: 32301157
Rank : Tec5 (Technician Fifth)
Status : KIA (Killed In Action)

Father : David Augustus Hopping (1867 – 1915)
Mother : Emmie E. Schoeneck (1870 – 1942)
Brother and sister:
    David Stiles Hopping (1901 – )
    Leona Schoeneck Hopping (1898 – )

29th Div. Inf.
The Blue and Grey
He was Corporal Technician 5 (TEC5) in the Headquarters Company, 116th Infantry regiment, 1st battalion from the 29th Infantry
(The Blue and Grey)
(Hq. Co., 116th, 1st Bn, 29th Div. Inf.)

Enlisted : May, 9 1942 at Newark, New-Jersey
Arrival in England : October 42 (by the Queen Mary)
Campaigns :
   - Operation Overlord, landing in Normandy (Operation Neptune)

Killed in action, June, 6 1944, on Omaha Beach, during the initial assault waves of landing.
Arrival time : H+40
Sector : Dog Green
Coming from: SS Empire Javelin by LCA (Landing Craft Assault)

Personal effects found on body and sent to his family
  - 1 Picture Folder
  - 1 Wallet picture
  - 24,21$ (in French money : 1200 frs)

For the "little" story:
  - "Adopted" since 2007
  - He enlisted two months after the death of his mother
  - The cemetery area is a perpetual concession made ​​by France to USA. It overlooks Omaha

Memorial in cemetery of the "First Presbyterian Church"
Hanover, Morris County, New Jersey, USA
Individual Deceased
Personnel File
Personnal objects
Letter to family
Battle casualty report
Letter to family
Letter to family

Omaha Beach, Normandy American Cemetery

American Cemetery
Plot I, Row n°3
Grave of
Frederick W. Hopping  
Omaha Beach
Grave of
Frederick W. Hopping
June 2012
Grave of
Frederick W. Hopping
June 2012
Omaha Beach
June 2012 
Sanded letters
(from ABMC)
Webcam Live Last visit
  September 26, 2015

Omaha Beach
June, 6 1944 


Informations requests:
  I searched everywhere in USA, to the service history of the 1st Infantry Division, also, at
  Hannover, at Union, at Neward (where he lived), in different departments of defense
  and I even wrote to the White House, who answered to me by giving some government
  addresses. I wrote, also, to the Human Resources of the U.S. forces, in Alexandria, VA, who
  sent me his personal file of death. Many military informations were destroyed by fire in 1973
  that ravaged the "National Personnel Record Center" in St. Louis, Missouri and destroyed
  80% of cases of soldiers from 1912 to 1959.
  The civil information are also almost impossible to find

Eric Triau