Robert John Kropp
"Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death." -Jean-Jaques Rousseau
Robert James Kropp was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated high school and college and worked for a long time as treasurer at McGillis and Gibbs, a company that sold telephone poles. Robert enlisted in the Army Air Corps on May 22, 1942, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during World War II. He was 26 years old. He was apart of the 447th Bombardment Squad and flew navigator in 30 missions on the B-17's. He operated the machine gun. Robert was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and became a member of the "Lucky Bastards Club" for being apart of a crew that flew and stayed intact throughout the missions. He married Bernadine M Wiese before 1945. He had two children, James and Victoria. Robert James Kropp died in his hometown on October 18th, 1993. He was 77 years old. He was survived by his son, daughter, and two grandchildren.