AFTERWARD written by George Rhyne
These are just a few notes written by George Rhyne
"WWII had Dick Stroupe in the Battle of The Bulge, Jack Stroupe in Italy, Jim Stroupe going through a literal hell in the Pacific, Joe Burton, Howell Stroup, and Louis Burton in the Army Air corps. Velda Stroup a commissioned officer in the WACS, and M. A. Stroup, Jr. interning as a Medical Doctor in the Medical corps. No doubt about serving the country.
Christine Stroup was one of the first women licensed as an aircraft mechanic. I remember seeing her photo in the Atlanta Journal. She was dressed in overalls and even in that attire she was a very beautiful lady.
In addition to the above, there were school teachers, business women, and home economists who excelled in their fields. The second generation had to be a set of very confident and capable folks who gave birth to another set who have excelled in many ways. Some of the other contributions I can note are
Serving in all branches of the military, including the Israeli Defense Force.
Retrieving Mercury Astronauts in the South Atlantic
Working as a research Immunologist and creating kits for detection of various cancers.
Serving in national political campaigns.
Authoring model legislation for the handicapped.
Working as RN for many years, with offspring following in a nursing career.
Working in the Anti-Missile R & D Program.
Building Habitat for Humanity houses.
Sergeant Major of the Third Armored Division.
School Board member and community activist.
International Airline Pilot
One last story about a visit to my Aunt Christine. In the summer of 1977, I was transferred to Atlanta. I contacted Joe and Bessie Burton and asked what ever happened to Christine. She was living in Atlanta and working as a shoe saleslady in a downtown Atlanta department store.
I was eager to see her as I had something that belonged to my Mother (Iva Lee), who had recently passed away, that may have been a gift from Christine. I found her apartment and arrived just after dinner. She was with a neighbor and sort of cooling it with a drink. Really laid back. We exchanged the usual pleasantries of relatives who had not talked to each other in ten or fifteen years, and I asked her a question about her previous work. I said, "Aunt Christine, what ever happened to your job as an airplane mechanic?" The little grin that she normally had on her face suddenly disappeared and a transformation took place. She began to tell me about working on all sorts of problems with everything from engines to brakes. She was running through a whole gamut of technical terms that would have impressed a Physicist. It was all about pressures, hydraulics, fluids and compression. She was back in the 1940’s living them all over again. She was still upset that the male pilots did not want her to work on their planes. It seems that she had to work while they were not looking.
By this time, her neighbor who only knew her as a shoe clerk, was absolutely stunned. I was not talking, but sitting in absolute amazement. Especially at the transformation in facial countenance and vocabulary. She wound up her stories with a real highlight. It appears that she put in modifications for the brakes on the C46 transport plane. The Curtis C46 Commando was a mammoth two engine job that was instrumental in solving airlift cargo problems in WWII. I was and still am impressed with my Aunt Christine. Her neighbor certainly was equally impressed.
Year later, I told this story to her daughter Sissie and she just smiled. Sissie said that her mom’s autos ran well and stayed in good shape. Then Sissie told me a story about her mom. Sissie as a grown woman asked her mother, Christine, why she had divorced her first husband. Her reply was "Him!....Why he couldn’t even change a socket on a table lamp!" I miss these folks who were my role models. They were far from perfect, but knew how to "get over it and move on."
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