War veteran honored in Palatka with Hometown Hero Award

Hometown hero honored

Palatka, Fla. — A war veteran was honored in Palatka on Thursday night with the Hometown Hero Award from the city as part of Black History Month.

Granvel “Hoppy” Hopkins, 88, is both a Purple Heart and Bronze Medal of Valor recipient.

Hopkins began serving at the end of World War II cleaning up concentration camps.

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He then went on to fight in both Korea and Vietnam.

His daughter says he doesn’t like to receive attention for his service because -- he just did his job.

But “Hoppy” we’d like to extend our appreciation to you for your service.