Vietnam vet honored for sacrifice

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A special ceremony was held in Hubbard Wednesday night to honor a Vietnam veteran who gave his life for his country nearly 50 years ago.

The VFW Post in Hubbard honored Hubbard native Richard Choppa, an Army medic who died while tending to an injured comrade in Vietnam in 1967.  The Trumbull County Honor Guard gave Choppa a 21-gun salute during the ceremony.

Post commander Bobby Orr, who was in Vietnam at the same time, said these tributes help the younger generation learn about the price of freedom.

“It’s very important that young people understand why they are able to walk around, do what they want to do, get the education they want, have their freedom that they want.  It’s because of guys like Richie Choppa who was called to duty and paid the ultimate price,” Orr said.

Members of Choppa’s family attended Wednesday’s ceremony, which was held at J & J Mulch on Youngstown-Hubbard Road. The business, which is owned by Choppa’s brother,  has a Killed in Action flag on the grounds in honor of Choppa.

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