From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Walter Rupert, Jr. '43

Date of birth: November 2, 1920

Date of death: May 28, 1945

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


Walter was lost on May 28, 1945 when USS Drexler (DD 741) was sunk by two kamikaze attacks. One hundred fifty seven other men were killed; fifty-two were wounded.

From the Class of 1943 anniversary book "25 years later…":

Jake was born on 2 November, 1920 in Canton, Ohio. He was appointed from the state of Ohio and entered the academy on 22 June, 1939. After graduation he reported to the destroyer USS LONG in the Pacific and in May 1944 attended Fire Control School of the Naval Gun Factory, Washington, D.C. Jake then reported for fitting out and commissioning the destroyer USS DREXLER which after commissioning went west and engaged in the Invasion of Okinawa in March 1945. On 28 May, the DREXLER was on radar picket duty during a major kamikaze attack.

Six aircraft broke through the air defenses and attacked DREXLER. Two shot down, two were outmaneuvered and two hit the ship squarely. Just forty-nine seconds after the attack the ship rolled over and sank taking with her Jake and many shipmates. He wore the Purple Heart, American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with at least two Bronze Stars. Jake was survived by his wife Marie Agnes and his parents Mr. and Mrs. Walter David Rupert of 1323-23rd Street, N.W., Canton, Ohio.

He was survived by his father, Walter Sr., and his mother, Ethel.

Class of 1943

Walter is one of 84 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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