Vietnam War Veteran Receives Dying Wish to Visit Pearl Harbor

PEARL HARBOR — When a Vietnam veteran briefly stopped inWest Hawaii Today logo Hawaii on his way home from war, he vowed to return one day to honor the people who perished during the attack on Pearl Harbor. With just less than two months to live, Joseph Hooker realized his longtime dream on Wednesday.

The Marine Corps veteran, who has heart disease and cancer, traveled from his home in Essex, Maryland, to Honolulu to visit the site of the Japanese attack that pushed the United States into World War II. The Dream Foundation, which grants wishes for those who have life expectancies of a year or less, arranged for the journey.

Hooker’s brother and sister-in-law, who are his caregivers, took turns pushing him in a wheelchair as they went on a private tour of the battleship USS Missouri. (Read more)

Vietnam War Veteran’s Final Dream to Revisit Pearl Harbor FulFilled

Seattle Times logoPEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — When a Vietnam veteran briefly stopped in Hawaii on his way home from war, he vowed to return one day to honor the people who perished during the attack on Pearl Harbor. With just less than two months to live, Joseph Hooker realized his longtime dream on Wednesday.

The Marine Corps veteran, who has heart disease and cancer, traveled from his home in Essex, Maryland, to Honolulu to visit the site of the Japanese attack that pushed the United States into World War II. The Dream Foundation, which grants wishes for those who have life expectancies of a year or less, arranged for the journey. (Read more)

Vietnam War Veteran’s Dying Wish To Visit Pearl Harbor Is Fulfilled

The Huffington Post logoPEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — When a Vietnam veteran briefly stopped in Hawaii on his way home from war, he vowed to return one day to honor the people who perished during the attack on Pearl Harbor. With just less than two months to live, Joseph Hooker realized his longtime dream on Wednesday.

The Marine Corps veteran, who has heart disease and cancer, traveled from his home in Essex, Maryland, to Honolulu to visit the site of the Japanese attack that pushed the United States into World War II. The Dream Foundation, which grants wishes for those who have life expectancies of a year or less, arranged for the journey.

Hooker’s brother and sister-in-law, who are his caregivers, took turns pushing him in a wheelchair as they went on a private tour of the battleship USS Missouri. (Read more)

Terminally Ill Vietnam War Veteran Fulfills Dream of Returning to Pearl Harbor

KHON 2 LogoA Vietnam War veteran’s longtime dream of touring Pearl Harbor came true Wednesday.

Joseph Hooker served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1968-1972, voluntarily enlisting at age 17 because “that was where my heart led me.”

During his years of service, he was stationed in Paris Island, Europe and Vietnam.

As he returned home in 1972, his ship stopped at Pearl Harbor for just 20 minutes. He saw the Pacific Fleet from a distance and promised himself he would return.

Forty-three years later, that dream was fulfilled thanks to the Dream Foundation’s new subprogram, Dreams for Veterans.

Its mission is to give back to terminally ill veterans and their families through the fulfillment of a final dream.

“My dream was to see Pearl Harbor and until now, I did my purpose. I can go home now and rest in peace,” Hooker said.

The 63-year-old from Maryland has been diagnosed with heart disease and cancer. His prognosis is less than two months.

In addition to the USS Missouri tour, the Dream Foundation provided the airfare from Maryland to Hawaii, as well as four nights in Hawaii, accommodations on either end due to layovers, and financial assistance for meals and incidentals. (Read more)

Vietnam War Veteran Gets Dying Wish to Visit Pearl Harbor

ABC News logoWhen a Vietnam veteran briefly stopped in Hawaii on his way home from war, he vowed to return one day to honor the people who perished during the attack on Pearl Harbor. With just less than two months to live, Joseph Hooker realized his longtime dream on Wednesday.

The Marine Corps veteran, who has heart disease and cancer, traveled from his home in Essex, Maryland, to Honolulu to visit the site of the Japanese attack that pushed the United States into World War II. The Dream Foundation, which grants wishes for those who have life expectancies of a year or less, arranged for the journey.

Hooker’s brother and sister-in-law, who are his caregivers, took turns pushing him in a wheelchair as they went on a private tour of the battleship USS Missouri.

The Hawaii dream stems from a 20-minute stop in the islands in 1971 as Hooker headed home from Vietnam, Hooker said from his Waikiki hotel room Tuesday. He was let off the ship just long enough to make a phone call to his family and eat some ice cream. He promised to come back someday “to honor the men and women that gave their life at Pearl Harbor.” (Read more)