Al Rupp

[2 JUL 1930 - A2 - 20226 - 11 JUN 1965]

Al Rupp Eulogies

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Karen and Mike Deming
[Al's daughter - 2008]



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Al Rupp Memorial Trophy
[NOV 2007]



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A-2 Firsties - 1st Row: Vincent - Joseph - Stevenson - Fikaris - Prater - Stemle - 2nd Row: Freed - Adams - West - Jim Miller - Mason - Jellison - 3rd Row: Auger (CO) - Spaulding - Reid - Lucas - Rupp - Weissenborn - 4th Row: Dax - Senger - Camp - Schauer



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The chloroformed Billy XII sleeps soundly on the way to West Point - the Sunday prior to the 1953 Army-Navy game. "Borrowed" by Ben Schemmer '54 and Al Rupp '55 - assisted by the soldier-owner of the car [NOV 1953]



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Al Rupp - Ben Schemmer '54 and soldier-owner of getaway car
with Bill XII and Mr. Jackson [Mule Pen - NOV 1953]



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Al Rupp - Billy XII - Ben Schemmer '54 -
NCO helper [Navy's Goat - NOV 1953]



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Al Rupp - Ben Schemmer '54 and Billy XII
[Washington Hall - NOV 1953]



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Ben Shemmer and Al Rupp
[Navy's Goat - NOV 1953]



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Alexander Kratz Rupp

Alexander Kratz Rupp was born on 2 July 1930 in Pennsylvania. He was appointed to West Point from the National Guard and entered on 3 July 1951. He was in Company A2, ran cross country for two years and and was a cheerleader for three years. As a cheerleader his Second Class Year, he participated in stealing the Navy goat, bringing it to West Point and parading the goat through Washington Hall the Sunday evening before the Army/Navy game. It took an order from President Eisenhower to get West Point to return the goat before the game. He was a Cadet Sergeant and Company Supply Sergeant his first class year. He graduated on 7 June 1955 and was commissioned in the US Air Force.


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Alexander K Rupp

Birth: Jul. 2, 1930
Death: Jun. 11, 1965

Note: MAJ USAF

Burial: Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 37, Site 3178


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Date: Thu, 22 NOV 2007 09:00:48,0500
From:,w "wwelter@cox.net"
To: Business Net "usma55bus@west-point.org"
Subject: usma55bus: Stemle Sends....... Al Rupp Memorial Trophy

I know this is the class net and not the football net, but I thought there would be a number of you who might be interested in what is going on. Tom Turner had provided the “Tippi Trophy” to the winner of the college pool in honor of his deceased doggie, but all the plates on the plaque have been filled and it was time to get a new plaque. As the new “Pool Meister”, it fell my lot to name the new plaque.

In searching my memory for a classmate who exhibited “The Army Spirit”, Al Rupp came to mind. I remember Al as a fun loving free spirit with a total zest for life. Had it not been for his tragic aircraft accident I have no doubt that Al would have made it to the moon as an astronaut. For those of you who might not have known Al, he was a cheerleader and one of the crew who stole the Navy goat and brought it back to West Point.

In memory of my A-2 company mate and ex-roomie, the new plaque is called the “AL RUPP MEMORIAL TROPHY”.

Dick Stemle
November 2007


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Date sent: Mon, 13 OCT 2008 20:24:37,0400
To: usma55bus@west-point.org
From: -w "wwelter@cox.net"
Subject: usma1955-c1: Note From AL Rupp's Daughter

Dick Stemle wrote:

Dear Karen,

My name is Dick Stemle and for one year at the Academy your dad and I were roommates. It is good to hear from you and I will pass along a little information about my memories about Al.

To begin with, he was one of the most intelligent persons I have ever meet. I really can't remember seeing him study. He would scan the material and it would be locked away for future reference. He was also a fun loving individual and seemed to always have a smile on his face. I don't know if you have heard the details of the "Goat Napping" adventure your dad participated in. If you haven't, let me know and I will fill in the details you maybe missing.

In my opinion, Al could have achieved any goal he established for himself. I believe he would have made it to the moon had it not been for his accident.

Your dad went into the Air Force after graduation and I went into the Army and we did not cross paths after graduation. I was happy to hear he had married and had children. In summary, your dad was a terrific person and my life was made better by knowing him.

Dick Stemle

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Al's daughter (Karen Deming) replied:

Dear Dick,

Thank you for your swift reply, and I'd love to hear of any stories you'd care to share. I don't know why it took me so long to reach out and try to contact people who knew him, but I'm very glad I finally did.

Now to fill you in about me and my family. My mother remarried 10 years after he died to a wonderful man, and they have been together for 30 years. I had one brother, Alex, who in many ways must have been like my father, very ambitious and intelligent. He graduated from the Air force Academy in the early 1980's married and had a daughter Teddy. Unfortunately, while training at The Fighter Weapons School in Nevada, he too had a tragic accident and died when his F16 crashed in 1987.

When I got married, my Aunt Susan's present to me was a treasure trove of all my fathers letters, news clippings, 4 years of the Howitzers, his West Point Coat, and many, other personal items. The letters though are the best, as they cover well over a decade of his life. As an ex roommate I'm sure you knew he wrote his parents weekly, and my grandmother kept every letter. I often thought they would make a great book.

Then, six months after I was married, fate struck another blow and Mike and I were in a car accident that caused me to have a Spinal Cord Injury. But life goes on, and with the love and support of my husband and family, I made it through a pretty tough time. Now, Mike and I have a small business making beach wheelchairs (we live in Pensacola, FL) for people with mobility problems. If you want, you can visit our web site at

Deming Designs, Inc. Wow, that's my life in 3 paragraphs.

I look forward to hearing from you again soon.

Karen


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Date sent: Thu, 16 OCT 2008 10:14:00,0500 CDT
From: Dan "ludwig55@verizon.net"
Subject: usma55bus: Al Rupp
To: usma55bus@west-point.org

Classmates: Recently, Jack Campbell posted a note from Al Rupp's daughter, Karen, inidcating that she has never known much about her father. I followed up on that because Chuck Roades and I have been trying to locate Al's widow for several years without success. Karen's response to me is pasted below. Hopefully, some of our Air Force files were with Al during flight training and his assignments until 1965 and can provide Karen and Al's granddaughter with some information.
Dan

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Dear Dan,

How nice of you to send me an email. I'd be happy to fill you in about me and my family. My mother remarried several years after my father he died to a wonderful man, and they have been together for 30 years. I had one brother, Alex, who in many ways must have been like my father, very ambitious and intelligent. He graduated from the Air force Academy in the early 1980's married and had a daughter Teddy. Unfortunately, while training at The Fighter Weapons School in Nevada, he too had a tragic accident and died when his F16 crashed in 1987.

When I got married, my Aunt Susan's (my fathers other sister) present to me was a treasure trove of all my fathers letters, news clippings, 4 years of the Howitzers, his West Point Coat, and many, other personal items. The letters though are the best, as they cover well over a decade of his life. Apparently, he wrote his parents weekly, and my grandmother kept every letter. I often thought they would make a great book.

Six months after I was married, fate struck another blow and Mike and I were in a car accident that caused me to have a Spinal Cord Injury. But life goes on, and with the love and support of my husband and family, I made it through another pretty tough time. Now, Mike and I have a small business making beach wheelchairs (we live in Pensacola, FL) for people with mobility problems. If you want, you can visit our web site at  Deming Designs, Inc. .

While we don't have any kids, we do have 3 dogs and 1 cat, all of which are spoiled rotten .

I don't know why it took me so long to reach out and try to contact people who knew my father, but I'm very glad I finally did. Perhaps it is because when I was growing up no one really talked about my Dad. I think it was because my mother's grief was so deep, everyone was extremely careful not to open any old wounds. In fact, it wasn't until my Aunt brought me all those mementos that gained any real knowledge about his life, or who he was as a man. This may also explain why you never received any response from your efforts to make contact.

However, now that I have established contact, any information about my father would be welcomed. Also feel free to send my information to anyone who might wish to call or email me. I will also forward this information to Teddy, as I am sure she would be interested in learning more about her grandfather.

Thanks again for your interest and email, and I hope to hear back from you soon.

Sincerely,

Karen Deming
Deming Designs, Inc
850-478-5765


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