Hubbard street to be dedicated to Vietnam War veteran
Vietnam War veteran Corporal Richard Choppa was the only Hubbard resident to be killed during military operations in Vietnam. On July 2, Jackson Street, where his home still remains, will be renamed Corporal Richard Choppa Memorial Way in honor of his bravery.
Jackson Street in Hubbard will be co-named Corporal Richard Choppa Memorial Way in honor of Choppa, a Vietnam War veteran who died in battle.
Private First Class Choppa was serving as a Medical Aidman with Company C, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 12th Calvary Regiment, 1st Calvary Division (Airmobile) when his unit came under fire.
Choppa was killed in action on December 15, 1967 while providing first aid to other soldiers. He was returned home the same month, and was buried at the Hubbard Union Cemetery.
Posthumously, he was awarded the Order of the Purple Heart and the Silver Star for his bravery.
Benjamin Kyle, Mayor of Hubbard, said on behalf of the City of Hubbard administration, Hubbard City Council and fellow Purple Heart recipient Bobby Orr that they "are extremely proud that this will be Hubbard's first co-named street in our history."
The street dedication ceremony will take place at 350 Jackson Street, in front of the Choppa family home where he lived in 1967. It will occur Saturday, July 2 at 1 p.m. and will be open to the public.
More information can be found on the Mayor of Hubbard's Facebook page.