Walter A. Piippo, 80, [1922 - 1982], died in
Chatham, Michigan and is buried in the Pine Grove Cemetery in Rock River
Township near Chatham, MI.
Walter was 100-percent Finnish, and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack
Piippo of Chatham, Michigan.
He served in D Company’s 2nd
Platoon. Machine gun crew?
He was wounded on Hill 95, and was
wounded again (possibly on 10/14/44) in Holland. According to his wife
Gloria said he was unconscious for about 52 days.
Walter was discharged from the Army
in May 1945 after three years of service and he was back in the Upper
Peninsula of Michigan when the war ended. He went to a local movie
theater—twice!—to see a film of the 82nd Airborne Division in the
victory parade in New York City.
On 8/28/46, he married Munising,
Michigan’s Gloria Barbara Spencer. They named their first son
Daniel Gavin Piippo.
Walter didn’t talk about the
“shooting war.” When asked about it by his grandchildren, he would say,
“Let’s not talk about that.”
Around 1978 he and Gloria had a
wonderful time on their 21-day long D-Day Anniversary trip to Europe.
Gloria remembers for both of them how they were wined and dined!
Walter saved his D Company photo
from Camp Mackall. He also had a favorite 82nd Airborne hat to which he
pinned his jump wings with two battles stars.
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