John K. Ruppert Collection, 1941-2005, MS 3115

 

Finding Aid to the John K. Ruppert Collection, MS 3115

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

 

 

Title

John K. Ruppert Collection

Creator

Ruppert, John K.

Call number

MS 3115

Inclusive dates

1941-2005

Bulk dates

1944-1946

Extent

1 box, 9 folders.

Abstract 

World War II memorabilia and personal papers of John K. Ruppert.

 

Administrative summary

 

 

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21218 

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

Provenance

Gift of Dr. Gary Ruppert, January 2006.

Accession number

7088

Processing note 

Collection was processed by Lara Westwood, December 2012.

 

 

Biographical Note

Sergeant John K. Ruppert fought in World War II with the United States Army. He enlisted in 1942 and was stationed in Italy from 1944 to 1946 during the Rome-Arno Campaign. He arrived in Italy after brief stay in Morocco and Algeria. When he arrived in Italy, he was assigned to the C Company of the 168th regiment of the 34th Infantry Division. He and his regiment worked to liberate many towns in Italian countryside, before they headed to Rome.

The Rome-Arno campaign was long and fraught with casualties. The Allies arrived in Italy in September 1943. They swiftly captured Naples and gained control of southern Italy with the goal of taking Rome, an Axis capital.  After many months of engaging the enemy, Allied Forces liberated Rome from the occupying German Army on June 5, 1944.

More information on John K. Ruppert is available online at http://freepages.military.rootsweb.com/~ruppert/. Ruppert’s son, Gary, created the site, and it includes photographs of 168th regiment, recollections of the war, and other related material.

 

Scope and Content

 

            The collection contains the personal items and memorabilia of Ruppert’s time in Italy. He returned with several souvenirs and kept many of his military records which are included in the collection. The original order of the material has been retained.

 

Container List

 

 

Contents

Date

Box

Folder

Website information and table of contents.

2005

1

1

A copy of “Strength for Service to God and Country”

1944, Aug. 3

1

2

Copy of photograph of John K.  and Viola L. W. Ruppert

1941

1

3

Leave passes, mess cards, and other military papers

1943-1945

1

4

Special orders

1946, Jan. 15

1

5

“Roma” souvenir book

No date

1

6

A copy of “This Damn Tree Leaks: A Collection of War Cartoons” by Bill Mauldin

1945

1

7

A copy of “Puptent Poets of the Stars and Stripes Mediterranean”

1945

1

8

A copy of “The United States Army Rest Center”

1944-1945

1

9

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