New facility named for KIA soldier
DEL CITY, Oklahoma — A Muscogee (Creek) soldier was among the three killed in the line of duty servicemen honored Oct., 5, with the dedication of a new Del City fire station that has been under construction for a year.
Capt. Michael C. Hope, recipient of the Silver Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, two Air medals with “V”, and a native to Del City was one of the three men whose legacy was remembered as officials dedicated the new facilities.
At the ceremony, a plaque bearing Hope’s likeness and accomplishments was unveiled at the new station located at SE 28 and Epperly Drive.
The 17,412-square-foot facility includes a four-story training tower, state of the art training facilities and equipment as well as large apparatus bays is now known as the Micheal C. Hope Memorial Building.
Hope grew up visiting a fire station near his home in Del City. Hope was a civilian employee at Tinker Air Force Base for seven years before he enlisted in 1965. He would later grow up to be a fixed-wing aviator in the U.S. Army, and one the most decorated soldiers from Del City to serve in Vietnam, according to Mayor Brian E. Linley.
“He was only 29-years-old, and only 18 days away from completing his third and final tour in Vietnam when he was shot down and killed in action on June 7, 1970. Mike was a single father of two children and is buried at Sunnylane cemetery here in Del City, what a hometown hero,” Linley said.
A highly decorated Aloft Pilot, Hope flew an O-1 Bird Dog in the Vietnam War which was shot down. He was killed in action while performing a reconnaissance mission that is reported to have saved the lives of many friendly ground forces according to his memorial plaque.
Now as these civilian hero’s at the Del City station answer their call to public safety they will be doing so from a facility dedicated to legacy of men who made the ultimate sacrifice.