A Guide to the R. L. "Hoppy" Hopson Papers, 1941-1945
Born in Gatesville, Texas, in 1915, R. L. “Hoppy” Hopson joined the U. S. Navy two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor as a specialist with the V-Mail program. He served in North Africa, Italy, and the Pacific, and then studied photography before being discharged at war’s end.
Consisting of diaries, photographs, and printed materials, the R. L. “Hoppy” Hopson Papers, 1941-1945, document Hopson’s service in the U. S. Navy during World War II. Diaries cover Hopson’s life in 1943 and 1944, while printed materials include a Navy seaman’s manual, a promotional manual for the Navy, a map of North Africa as well as a mechanical guide to flag signals. Photographs show Hopson’s time in Algeria and Italy.
This collection is open for research use.
R. L. "Hoppy" Hopson Papers, 1941-1945, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Ryder Kouba, May 2012.
Detailed Description of the Papers