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In Memory of

Edwin C. Hopkins

October 11, 1922 - December 7, 1941

Obituary


US Navy Third Class Fireman Edwin C. Hopkins of Swanzey, NH, died while defending his country on December 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Edwin was born in Keene, NH on October 11, 1922; the son of the late, Frank A. and Alice (Sanderson) Hopkins. He attended schools in East Swanzey.

On December 31, 1940, at the age of 18, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy and attended basic training at Great Lakes. He went on to attend power plant training in Newport, RI. Mr. Hopkins then spent 2...

US Navy Third Class Fireman Edwin C. Hopkins of Swanzey, NH, died while defending his country on December 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Edwin was born in Keene, NH on October 11, 1922; the son of the late, Frank A. and Alice (Sanderson) Hopkins. He attended schools in East Swanzey.

On December 31, 1940, at the age of 18, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy and attended basic training at Great Lakes. He went on to attend power plant training in Newport, RI. Mr. Hopkins then spent 2 months at the Ford Motor Company School in Dearborn, MI.

On September 11, 1941, Edwin boarded the USS Oklahoma and headed to Pearl Harbor. Less than 3 month later, he lost is life along with 428 other crew members after the ship was struck by torpedoes.

Since 2008, his family, including niece, Faye Hopkins-Boore of DE, has fought to bring him home to Keene, providing him with a final resting place with his parents and family in the Woodland Cemetery. They are very proud to announce that all their hard work, wishes and prayers have been finally been honored.

Full Navy honors will be bestowed on Mr. Hopkins commencing with a funeral service on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 1:00PM in the Dillant-Hopkins Airport, 80 Airport Road, Keene, NH, with burial to follow in Woodland Cemetery, Beaver Street, Keene. The Rev. Canon Samir J. Habiby, CDR, CHC, U.S. Navy (Retired) and Order of the Purple Heart, will officiate. Friends are invited to honor Mr. Hopkins on Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00PM at the Dillant-Hopkins Airport.