The Loafer’s Veteran of the Week is Alex R. Shupe. Mr. Shupe served in the United States Army from December 12, 1952 until August 1, 1974. He volunteered for the draft at age 25, because the service drafted all young men at that time. He went to basic training at Fort Pickett in Virginia and moved on to The United States Army Airborne School, or jump school, at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. He was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. While there, he became mess sergeant. During his service, he went on tours to Iceland once and Germany and Vietnam twice.
Shupe received various medals which in the service, including the Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, six service strips, two service bars, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Valorous Unit Award, Presidential Citation,Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Parachuting Badge, Republic of Vietnam National Campaign Medal w 60 Device, Vietnam Service Medal with six campaign stars, and the National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf. Over the years, he made good friends with the members of his party, but as time went on he lost track of most of them; however, he has managed to keep in contact with a few. He is happy to have kept in touch with the surviving members to this day.