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Name: Hopper, Miles, (1913-1998.)

Historical Note:

Miles Hopper was born on the July 4, 1913, Stella on November 3, 1915. They both grew up in Herrin, Illinois, and married on August 27, 1938. Up until his induction into the Army on June 18, 1943, Miles worked at the CIPS ice manufacturing plant just outside of Herrin.

Miles was assigned to the 484th Ordnance Evacuative Company, and functioned as a driver in a combat support unit. His service overseas spanned 20 months, from February, 1944 to October, 1945. During that time, Miles was stationed in England (February 1944 - June 1944), France (June 1944 - November 1944 and September 1945 - October 1945), Belguim (September 1944 and January 1945), the Netherlands (September 1944), Luxembourg (November 1944 - January 1945), and finally Germany (February 1945 -  September 1945). After the war in Europe ended, Miles awaited his return to the United States, which appears to have come in October of 1945.

During the war Stella worked in several settings including the Olin owned ammunition factory located in what is now the Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge. After returning from the conflict overseas, the Hoppers continued to reside in Herrin. Miles took a job as a custodian for Herrin Unit 4 Schools, while Stella worked for Smoler Industries.

The Hoppers remained married until Stella’s death on October 9th, 1994. They had no children. Miles remarried on July 20th, 1996, and passed away on June 17, 1998.

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