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Continued: Anderson: When hunting deer, age is a state of mind

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 11, 2013 - 12:54 AM

“You have to be patient.’’

He should know.

“After the Battle of the Bulge, our unit was put in for an award, but the request was rejected, reportedly because we hadn’t lost enough men, ‘only’ 13,’’ he said.

“Later, the Germans’ daily combat reports were found, and they told how they couldn’t advance because of our artillery. Which was true: For days we fired a 105-millimeter howitzer at them every 40 seconds, more than 27,000 rounds in total.’’

Not until 56 years later — in 2001 — was Rupp’s battalion finally awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for gallantry and determination in combat.

By then, he had long since retired from the Minnesota National Guard as a colonel.

“Only eight of us were left to attend the award ceremony at Fort Sam Houston in Texas,’’ Rupp said.

“A few years ago, I discovered my ammunition sergeant had been put in for a Bronze Star at the end of the war, after I had left Europe. But somehow it got lost. So about four years ago, I resubmitted the request, and he received it, finally, with the V Device he deserved.’’

Patience.

After all these years, Rupp still has it.

And deer near him should fear it.

 

Dennis Anderson danderson@startribune.com

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  • At the age of 95, Bob Rupp, left, of Stillwater, will be among the most senior Minnesotans hunting deer when the season opens Saturday. His younger hunting buddies include Gordy Gerling of Little Falls, center, 93, and Ray Gerst of St. Paul, who will be 83 on Tuesday. Rupp plans to give him a birthday cake over the weekend.

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