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In Memory

Jeffrey David Rupp

Jeffrey David Rupp

Deceased January 17, 1969, Vietnam.

Bay Youth Killed in Vietnam. Army Pfc. Jeffrey D. Rupp of Bay Village has become the 307th Greater Clevelander to die in Vietnam combat. Pfc. Rupp, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Rupp Jr., 281 Parkside Drive, died Friday. He had stepped on a land mine two days earlier. He had been on patrol just below the DMZ about 20 miles inland from the Tonkin Gulf for his unit, C Company, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile). HIS FINAL letter, telling of his duties, reached Bay Village the day the family learned of his death. He was a 1966 Rocky River High School graduate. The Rupp family moved here in 1963. Fond du Lac, Wis., was his birthplace. The elder Rupp, a freelance writer and photographer here, was wounded in France in World War II. Pfc. Rupp worked for Pope Hardware Co. in Lakewood from his high school graduation until he was drafted last June. He had hoped to attend college. He went to Vietnam Thanksgiving Day. In addition to his parents, he leaves two brothers, Michael and David, and two sisters, Christine and Joy. Military rites and burial will be in Fon du Lac [sic]. Published in The Plain Dealer January 21, 1969.

Jeffrey David Rupp
Private First Class
Army of the United States
Bay Village, Ohio
September 07, 1948 to January 17, 1969
JEFFREY D RUPP is on the Wall at Panel W34, Line 29
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05/27/16 12:33 AM #1    

Joe Gierczak

Jeff:  We became best friends our senior year and I still miss you.  Perhaps it was because we were both new to Rocky River High as juniors;  or maybe it was thanks to Edgar Burford for  seating us next to each other in English class.  I remember how we would laugh when Mr. Burford would show us movies of him going into the pubs in England. We thought it was rather funny that we never saw movies of him departing. Thanks for the memories!  You were called to action in Viet Nam on Thanksgiving Day and died on Christmas Day 1969. Only the good die young.

06/24/16 08:07 AM #2    

Bill McKenna

Thank you for your service and your great sacrifice Jeff. Peace 🇺🇸

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