This collection contains one photograph album and one box of WWII military records pertaining to John J. Truemper, Jr., aerial observer and navigator with the 508th Bomb Squadron, 351st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. The photograph album covers the period John J. Truemper, Jr., spent in England. Photos include airplanes in flight, aerial views, B-17 bombers, soldiers, civilians, cars, a dog, and group photos of college fraternity and air force soldiers. Documents relate to John J. Truemper, Jr., and his brother Joe B. Truemper.
John James Truemper, Jr. (June 12, 1924-December 18, 2016) was born to John and Mary Truemper in Helena, Arkansas, and had three siblings. He began school at the University of Arkansas in 1942, but in 1943 left school to serve as an aerial observer and navigator with the 508th Bomb Squadron, 351st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. He was awarded the European Theater Ribbon with one Battle Star, the American Theater Ribbon, and the Victory Ribbon. In 1945, he resumed his education at Fayetteville, then later attended and graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Architecture. Truemper married Julia Clare Wood, and together they had three children. Truemper was released from active service on January 23, 1946 and joined the Air Force Reserve. He received an honorable discharge April 28th, 1961 as a Captain of the Air Force Reserve. Truemper worked with the Cromwell Architects Engineers on many notable projects, including the Arkansas Governor's Mansion, Winrock Farm, and as an architect for preservation of Trapnall Hall and Villa Marre in Little Rock prior to his retirement in 1989. Truemper also directed work in the master planning and development of the Arkansas State Parks system for 20 years. Truemper was involved in the Kappa Kappa Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity during college and remained active in civic and advisory groups throughout his life. Truemper is the author of A Century of Service 1885-1985, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Cromwell Architects Engineers.
Document, 8.5" x 11"
John J. Truemper, Jr., papers, MS.000832
Arkansas State Archives
Arkansas State Archives
John J. Truemper, Jr., papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.
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