Col James R Luper, Jr

Col James R Luper, Jr

Male 1914 - 1953  (39 years)

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  • Name James R Luper  [1
    Prefix Col 
    Suffix Jr 
    Born 19 Feb 1914  Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Census 1 Jan 1920  Salem Ward 4, Marion, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Age: 4y 
    Address:
    1344 Ferry St 
    Occupation 1 Jan 1920  Salem Ward 4, Marion, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    None 
    Census 1 Apr 1930  Portland, Multnomah, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Age: 14y 
    Address:
    435 Montgomery 
    Occupation 1 Apr 1930  Portland, Multnomah, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    None 
    Military Begining 1934  [1
    • Enlised in US Army
    Education 1938  [1
    Graduated US Military Acadamy, Army Air Corps 
    Luper, James R - 1938 West Point Yearbook
    Luper, James R - 1938 West Point Yearbook
    Military 1939 
    • listing in US Army Service Register, Rank Second Lieutenant (No. 259 on page136)
    Luper, James R - US Army Service Listing
    Luper, James R - US Army Service Listing

    Picture Note: No. 259 on P. 136.
    Media Date: 1939
    Keywords: Picture
    Census 27 Apr 1940  Bexar, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Age: 26y 
    Address:
    12 Inner Octagon, Randolph Field 
    Occupation 27 Apr 1940  Bexar, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Amy Officer 
    • Industry: US Army
    Military 1941  Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Randolph Field 
    • listing in military service register
    Luper, James R. US Army Service Register
    Luper, James R. US Army Service Register

    Media Date: 1941
    Keywords: Picture
    Military 1 Mar 1942 
    • listed in US Army Military Service Register, Rank Lt. Col.
    Luper, James R - US Army Service Register
    Luper, James R - US Army Service Register

    Media Date: MAR 1942
    Keywords: Picture
    Military 30 Oct 1943 
    • listing in US Army Service Registry, promoted to Major
    Luper, James R - US Army Service Registery
    Luper, James R - US Army Service Registery

    Media Date: 30 OCT 1943
    Keywords: Picture
    Military 31 Oct 1943  Ardmore, Carter Co., Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Address:
    Ardmore Army Air Field 
    • LTC, Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander of the 46th Bombardment Operational Training Wing, "Operation Fast Forward"
    Military 4 Jan 1944  Grand Island, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • COL, Commander, 457th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
    Military 1 Aug 1944 
    • listed in US Army military service registery, awarded Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Silver Star
    Luper, James R. Military Service Register
    Luper, James R. Military Service Register

    Media Date: 1 AUG 1944
    Keywords: Picture
    Luper, James R. US Army Service Registry
    Luper, James R. US Army Service Registry

    Media Date: 1945
    Keywords: Picture
    Military 7 Oct 1944  European Theater, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Address:
    Stalag Luft 4B (Camp 33) 
    • POW, Stalag Luft 4B,
      Listed in WW 2 Prisoners of War: First report 7 Oct 1944. Last report 30 Jun 1945. Army Air Corp. Heavy Bomber. Liberated/Repatriated.
    Military 1946 
    • listing in US Military Register
    Luper, James R - Select Military Register 1946
    Luper, James R - Select Military Register 1946

    Picture Note: P. 424
    Media Date: 1946
    Keywords: Picture
    Newspaper 7 Sep 1949  Tucson, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Davis-Monthan Air Base 
    • Tuscon Daily Citizen
    Luper, James R - Tuscon Daily Citizen - 1949-09-07
    Luper, James R - Tuscon Daily Citizen - 1949-09-07

    Keywords: Picture
    Newspaper 17 Dec 1950  Tucson, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Tucson Daily Citizen
    Luper, James R - Tucson Daily News - 1950-12-27
    Luper, James R - Tucson Daily News - 1950-12-27

    Keywords: Picture
    Military 1953  [1
    • Inspector General, Strategic Air Command, under LG Curtis Lemay
    Died 23 Feb 1953  Omaha, Sharpy, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Cause: Airplane crash (While servince in military) 
    Newspaper 2 Mar 1953  Omaha, Sharpy, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Stars and Stripes, Pacific Edition
    Luper, James R - Stars and Stripes - 1953-03-02
    Luper, James R - Stars and Stripes - 1953-03-02

    Keywords: Picture
    Newspaper 4 Mar 1953  Tucson, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Tucson Daily Citizen
    Luper, James R - Tucson Daily News - 1953-03-04
    Luper, James R - Tucson Daily News - 1953-03-04

    Keywords: Picture
    Buried 6 Mar 1953  West Point, Orange County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Transportation Officer Trans Div, Bldg 917 West Point, NY 10996 
    Notes 
    • Biography
      (Shamelessly stolen from Find-a-grave)
      http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=121828852
      Memorial added by user: SLGMSD

      USMA Class of 1938. Cullum No. 11222.

      On May 1, 1934 as James Rhea Luper, he married Rosalind Price in Yuma County, Arizona, both age 21 years of Los Angeles, California. The marriage was annulled on June 15, 1934. On June 18, 1938, he married Louise Perrine Ryder, daughter of Lieut. Colonel Charles W. Ryder, Commandant of the United States Military Academy, in the chapel at West Point, New York. In 1943 as James R. Luper, he divorced Louise Luper in Dade County, Florida. Both later remarried. On December 24, 1946, Louise Luper (1916-1993) married John Francis King at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. On November 23, 1943, he married Rene (Irene) Hiller. In 1954 his widow, Rene Hiller Luper married John Russell Dillon in Polk County, Florida. In May 1956 as Rene G. Luper, she married Walter S. Hardin in Manatee County, Florida.

      James Rhea Luper Jr. was the son of James Rhea Luper, a former Oregon state engineer and Eleanor Potter Luper Bouvy. He graduated from Hill Military Academy in Portland and attended the University of Oregon. In 1933, he enlisted in the United States Army. In 1934, he received an appointment to the United States Military Academy from Senator Frederick Steiwer. Upon graduation in 1938 he was assigned to the Army Air Force. After training he remained at Randolph Field to assist in the training of Aviation Cadets. Following assignments included Director of Training and Commandant of Cadets, Army Air Forces Pre-Flight School at Maxwell Field in Alabama; Executive for Training and Operations, Army Air Forces Officer Candidate School and Officer Training School in Miami Beach, Florida.

      After dozens of requests he was assigned to a bombardment squadron. His B-17 was the 1,000th Fortress built by the Douglas Aircraft Company at Long Beach, California and was named Rene III in honor of his wife. It was assigned to the 750th Bombardment Squadron. On January 4, 1944 he took over as Commanding officer of the 457th Heavy Bombardment Group. The aircraft left Grand Island, Nebraska on January 17, 1944 flying to the British Isles, arriving at United States Station 130, Glatton between January 21 and February 1, 1944. During World War II, he served 16 months in Europe and flew 20 missions. On October 7, 1944, he led the Fireball Outfit to Politz where his B-17 and was shot down over Stettin, Germany. Seven of the 11 men aboard died. He bailed out at 25,000 feet, landing in Stettin Bay where he was picked up by a German launch after two hours in the water. He escaped from the prison train, but was recaptured after six days. He was sent to Stalag Luft III near Sagan, German where 6,667 other American POWs were held and was liberated on April 29, 1945.

      He was the model for the character of Colonel Joseph Ryan played by Frank Sinatra in the movie made from the book Von Ryan’s Express by David Westheimer (1917-2005), who was also a POW at Stalag Luft III during World War II. After the war he attended several Service Schools and spent 2 ½ years in China where he was Deputy Director of the Air Force Advisory Group. General Curtis LeMay assigned him as Chief of Security, Strategic Air Command. He established a Security School at Camp Carson in Colorado training thousands of officers and airmen. In 1951 he became Deputy Inspector for Security at Strategic Air Command Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. Later in the year he was scheduled to be the Air Provost Marshal General assigned at the District of Columbia.

      On Saturday, February 28, 1953, he was piloting an Air Force B-26 from Ent Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado to Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Nebraska. The plane was making its final approach with the aid of the Ground Controlled Approach (radar) system when it lost altitude rapidly and crashed about nine miles west of the base near the Platte River. Colonel Luper, Lieut. Colonel George R. Groves of Dallas, Texas an Army officer attached to Colonel Luper’s office and Tech. Sgt. James R. Armstrong of Garden City, Alabama, a flight engineer, all died in the crash. His decorations included the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster and the Air Medal with two clusters. The Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service from January 11, 1951 to February 28, 1953 was awarded posthumously to Colonel James R. Luper, 1448A, United States Air Force. Survivors included his widow, the former Rene Hiller of Philadelphia; five children: Jare Luper, age 6; a second daughter, age 5 and son, age 2 1/2 of Omaha; daughter, Carol Luper and son from his first marriage of Richmond, Virginia and one sister, Mrs. Carl (Eleanor) Neupert of Portland, Oregon.

      Sources: Daily Capital Journal, Salem, Oregon Saturday, September 28, 1946 and Monday, March 2, 1953 and United States Military Academy Association of Graduates memorial.

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      While assigned as a group commander at Tucson, Arizona, General Curtis LeMay recognized Jim's outstanding qualities and assigned him as Chief of Security, Strategic Air Command. The present concept of Air Force Security is Jim’s brainchild.
      In February of 1953, Jim was informed that he would soon be transferred to Washington to be the Air Provost Marshal General. While returning to Omaha from an inspection tour of several bases. Jim requested a Ground Control Approach (Radar) to assist him in his landing at Offutt Air Force Base. The night was bitterly cold and snow filled the air. There was a crash—and then silence. Jim had joined "the Long Gray Line."

      —Bertram C. Harrison, Colonel, USAF
    Person ID I4700  Bratt Family Tree
    Last Modified 2 Jun 2017 

    Father James Reah Luper,   b. 9 May 1888, Irving, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1952, Vancouver, Clark, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Eleanor Gladys Potter,   b. 15 Aug 1892, Heppner, Morrow, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1980, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 13 Nov 1911 
    • Oregon, Marriage Indexes, 1906-1924, 1946-2008 (Ancestry.com)
    Divorced Bef 1930 
    Family ID F1781  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 R. Price 
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2016 
    Family ID F1897  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Louise Perrine Ryder,   b. 14 Nov 1916, San Antonio, Bexar, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1993, Venice, Sarasota Co., Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  [1
    Married 1938  West Point, Orange County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Divorced 1943  Dade, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Certificate No. 13632
    Children 
     1. Carol Louise Luper,   b. 28 Jul 1939, San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1998  (Age 59 years)
     2. MSG J.R. Luper, III
    Last Modified 14 Aug 2016 
    Family ID F1892  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Rene Esther Hiller,   b. 16 Mar 1914, Philadelphia County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 2002, Sarasota County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)  [1
    Married 23 Nov 1943  [1
    Children 
     1. Jare Rhea Luper,   b. 12 Oct 1944, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 2010  (Age 66 years)
     2. J.E. Luper
     3. A.R. Luper
    Last Modified 13 Aug 2016 
    Family ID F1893  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Age: 4y - 1 Jan 1920 - Salem Ward 4, Marion, Oregon Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - None - 1 Jan 1920 - Salem Ward 4, Marion, Oregon Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1938 - West Point, Orange County, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Age: 26y - 27 Apr 1940 - Bexar, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Amy Officer - 27 Apr 1940 - Bexar, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - Address:
    Ardmore Army Air Field - 31 Oct 1943 - Ardmore, Carter Co., Oklahoma
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    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Airplane crash (While servince in military) - 23 Feb 1953 - Omaha, Sharpy, Nebraska Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNewspaper - 2 Mar 1953 - Omaha, Sharpy, Nebraska Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Address:
    Transportation Officer Trans Div, Bldg 917 West Point, NY 10996 - 6 Mar 1953 - West Point, Orange County, New York
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  • Photos
    Luper, James Reah
    Luper, James Reah

    Keywords: Picture
    Luper, James R. (Head)
    Luper, James R. (Head)
    From West Point yearbook 1938

    Vital Documents
    Luper, James R - 1938 West Point Yearbook
    Luper, James R - 1938 West Point Yearbook

  • Sources 
    1. [S400] JR Luper, WikiTree, James R. Luper, (http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Luper-22).

    2. [S310] Luper, James Reah, 1920, Census, USA, Salem Ward 4, Marion, Oregon, (Year: 1920; Census Place: Salem Ward 4, Marion, Oregon; Roll: T625_1498; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 346; Image: 147).

    3. [S311] Eleanor Gladys, 1930, Census, USA, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, (Year: 1930; Census Place: Portland, Multnomah, Oregon; Roll: 1949; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0082; Image: 1066.0; FHL microfilm: 2341683).

    4. [S402] Luper, James R, 1940, Census, USA, Bexar, Texas, (Year: 1940; Census Place: Bexar, Texas; Roll: T627_3986; Page: 37B; Enumeration District: 15-20).