Glenn Carroll Hoppert
Sergeant, United States Army
Commander Hoppert began his police career in the late 1960s after serving in the Army in the Vietnam War. From 1986 to 1992, he was president of the Metropolitan Police Officials Association, which represents the D.C. department's ranking officers.
He became commander of the criminal investigations division in 1996. He was often described as a friend and golfing partner of then-D.C. Police Chief Larry D. Soulsby.
Soulsby resigned in 1997 amid a scandal involving reduced rent for an apartment he shared with a roommate, Lieutenant Jeffery S. Stowe. Stowe, who served under Commander Hoppert, was imprisoned for theft, wire fraud and extortion.
In the aftermath, an interim police chief demoted Commander Hoppert to Inspector and transferred him to the Labor Relations Division. However, he retired in 1998 at his old rank of Commander.
Commander Hoppert, who was never charged in the scandals, testified before the D.C. Council Judiciary Committee in December 1997 about rampant "corruption, coverups and mismanagement" he witnessed in the department.
Glenn Carroll Hoppert was born in Baltimore, where his father was a firefighter. After graduating from Baltimore's City College, he served in the Army's 101st Airborne Division in the Vietnam War. His decorations included the Silver Star and the Bronze Star.
The Silver Star citation says that on January 13, 1967, near Kontum, he was a member of the "point lead element" as his company moved toward high ground. Detecting an enemy ambush, he charged and killed an enemy soldier, causing other communist fighters to run away. Soon after, his company became pinned down by enemy fire. He charged through the gunfire and pitched a grenade, killing four of the enemy and causing the others to flee.
"Specialist Hoppert's valorous actions resulted in the destruction of two enemy positions, five enemy killed and the saving of several American lives," the citation says.
He was a former president of the 101st Airborne Division Association's national capital area chapter.
He moved to Shelton, Connecticut, from Columbia in 2000. In retirement, he played at local golf tournaments on the Eastern Shore and in Connecticut.
His marriage to Joan Lowenthal Hoppert ended in divorce. A son from that marriage, Steven Hoppert, died in 2003.
Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Donna
Rothert Hoppert of Shelton, Connecticut; a son from the first marriage,
Darren Hoppert of Laurel; two stepsons, Adam Farver of West Palm Beach,
Florida, and Andrew Farver of New York; a brother, Charles Hoppert of Cumberland,
Maryland; and two sisters, Virginia Spurrier of Sarasota, Florida, and
Kathryn Haas of Yorktown, Virginia.
Having an engraved paver dedicated to him and laid at the Worcester County Veterans Memorial in Ocean Pines is a tribute the late Glenn Hoppert would have greatly appreciated.
"Absolutely. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery and this is something he would have liked. Very much so," said Hoppert's widow, Donna.
"He had often said the work he did in the Army was some of the most important work he had ever done," she said.
The Hopperts lived in Connecticut, but spent time in Ocean Pines where Mrs. Hoppert's parents, Ted and Amy Rothert, live.
Hoppert's paver was dedicated at the memorial during a ceremony by the South Gate Pond Saturday, compliments of his best friend and golfing partner Dave Paquet of Ocean Pines, and other golfing buddies in the community.
Paquet described the ceremony as "a small service of probably 30 plus people."
"One of Glenn's friends, who was with the Marine Brigade over there, recruited Fred Bohn of Ocean Pines to act as the chaplain," Paquet said.
"When Glenn died and the war memorial was built I felt it would be appropriate to get Glenn a paver, so I ordered it and then I was talking to some friends and they said, 'Can we chip in?' So we will have a paver and a nice wreath there," he said.
Hoppert's Captain in Vietnam, Captain Michael McFadden, was guest speaker.
Paquet, too, served in Vietnam, "so that was one thing we had in common," he said.
"There were 55,000 of our brothers who never came home from that war and there certainly is a bond among those of us who served. We talked about the war to a degree but not in great detail," Paquet said.
Hoppert, a native of Baltimore, was a point man during the Vietnam War, his widow said.
"That meant he was the guy who went out front and looked for people trying to kill them. He had incredible eyesight and he was a very good marksman," she said.
Hoppert served in Vietman in the mid-1960s, then became a police officer in Washington, and rose to the position of commander in the metropolitan police force. He retired in 1999.
Hoppert died June 17. He was 58.
Hoppert was cremated and he had a full military burial in Arlington National Cemetery, honoring him for being awarded bronze and silver stars for bravery, Paquet said.
Paquet described Hoppert as "very quiet."
"A lot of his friends didn't even know he was in the military and he had won medals. They were quite surprised when I started telling them about Glenn and everything he had done," he said.
"He was somewhat introverted, quiet. At the same time once he got to know you, he was very friendly and had a lot of humor to him. One of his quotes would be, 'Gee, even Ray Charles could see that coming' related to anything, on the golf course or relating to something that went over your head and you could have seen it," Paquet said.
"Glenn was in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. I was an Army man. I was drafted and served 1964-66 in Vietnam. Glenn was in Vietnam in 1966-67. I was in the MPs and Glenn, after he got out of the service, ended up joining the Washington, D.C. police force," he said.
Mrs. Hoppert still works but her husband took advantage of his retirement and often traveled from Connecticut to the Pines for a few days to play golf.
"After retirement the community of Ocean Pines was very important to him, for his golfing and for the many friendships he made there," his widow said.
Mrs. Hoppert purchased engraved pavers for her parents, both World War II veterans.
Prior to the ceremony, there was an informal golf tournament in Hoppert's honor.
"Some of his friends and others who didn't
know him got together for some golf. It was the first Glenn Hoppert Tournament.
Next year we'll put out fliers and come up with something that we think
Glenn would like," he said.