He Knew The Dangers Before Him: Elon graduate Dewey Hooper in World War II

This exhibit tells the story of Dewey G. Hooper, a 1940 graduate of Elon College who served during the Second World War.  Hooper enlisted in the U.S. Army and became a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Forces.  In 1942, 2nd Lt. Hooper was killed when his B-24 Bomber crashed in a remote area of Australia.  A half-century later, an Australian named Ron Deering recovered Hooper's Elon College class ring from the wreckage. Deering contacted Elon; college employees got in contact with members of Hooper's family to tell them of the find. The ring and other items from the crash were brought home to the family, and are now in the Dewey Hooper Collection in the Archives & Special Collections, Carol Grotnes Belk Library at Elon University.


Randall Bowman, 2022