“Suffering”: on D-Day anniversary, a Rock Island man remembers his father, a WWII veteran

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Robert J. Strupp, 77, discovered the fight log whereas researching his father’s navy historical past.

Baker Battery fought in northern France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. They noticed fight within the Battle of the Bulge and spent 307 days in fight in Europe. That is the place Strupp earned his bronze medal.

Younger Strupp requested his father what was worse, Normandy or the Battle of the Ardennes. The reply was that the Normandy was horrible, the Bulge was worse, exacerbated by the horrible winter climate.

After World Battle II, Strupp’s profession within the Nationwide Guard continued: he fought within the Korean battle and the Vietnam Battle, and his unit was referred to as to Chicago through the 1968 Democratic Nationwide Conference to Quell the Riots. When not fulfilling his navy duties, Strupp labored for Deere & Co.

“He was a citizen soldier,” mentioned younger Strupp.

Whereas away from dwelling, Elder Strupp wrote to his spouse, urging her to not fear, that he was nowhere close to the battle. He was an excellent liar, Strupp laughed.

He remained with the Nationwide Guard and Deere till his loss of life in 1972 on the age of 56. He’s buried at Rock Island Nationwide Cemetery, Arsenal Island.

Like many veterans, Elder Strupp didn’t like speaking about his abroad service. He shared tales with different veterans, however his son mentioned he needed to get tales from his father. Because the eldest of seven kids, Robert J. Strupp knew his father higher than his brothers.

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