Lukas C. Hopper,
Karadah (southeast of),
Pfc. Hopper's great sense of humor, devotion to his fellow paratroopers, and his dedication to mission accomplishment set him apart from his peers. He will truly be missed.
— Lt. Col. Dave Bair, batttalion commander
Hopper died Oct. 30, southeast of Karadah, Iraq, of injuries sustained during a vehicle roll-over. In high school, Hopper swam on the water polo and swim teams. He briefly went to community college in Merced but put his education on hold to enlist in the Army.
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