He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Feb. 4, 1922. He developed an early fascination for airplanes and, after Pearl Harbor, joined the Army Air Force. He shipped out to the Pacific Theater in 1944 as a B-29 navigator. He was shot down over Tokyo and was a prisoner of war in Japan until he was liberated in 1945.
After the war he returned to his hometown, recovered from his wartime injuries and went to work for the Rock Island Railroad. After transferring to Detroit and changing from railroads to the trucking business, he met Donna Carolyn Peterman and they were married in 1953. In 1958 he took a job with Consolidated Freightways (CF). In 1973 he was named executive vice president and became the company's top sales and marketing officer. He retired from CF in 1987 and was made senior vice president emeritus.
After battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for 40 years, he began making "reconciliation trips" to Japan, meeting the pilot who had shot him down in the war and making many Japanese friends. He also spoke to groups throughout the U.S. as a proponent of peace and forgiveness. He traveled with CBS-TV to Tokyo in 1995 for a special on the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII and in that year alone did 30 TV interviews and appeared in 12 documentaries on the war.
In 2001, along with former President George H.W. Bush, he was inducted into the American Combat Airman Hall of Fame.
At the time of his death he was being cared for by the staff at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Menlo Park and is survived by his immediate family, sons Dan and Tim and daughter Peggy. Their mother Donna died in 1991. Hap will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
Eugene Tupper, 85, a former resident of Palo Alto, died April 23 after a brief illness.
He was born in San Francisco in 1925 and raised in Palo Alto by his mother and grandparents. He attended Palo Alto High School, served in the U.S. Army during World War II, then studied photojournalism at San Jose State University, where he met his wife, Catherine. The couple raised their family in Los Altos.
He worked as a photographer for the Palo Alto Times from 1948 until his retirement in 1981. There, according to a 1981 article, he was the newspaper employee best known by the public, and he photographed many celebrities including Harry S. Truman, Eleanor Roosevelt, the Beatles and Willie Mays, among many others. He also covered the Pebble Beach golf tournament, many Stanford University sporting events and did private photography work up and down the Peninsula.
After retirement he moved to Lodi, where he enjoyed golf, boating and trailer-travel trips with his wife and friends.
"He was a very modest man who never took enough credit for his many accomplishments, including recognition from the Army in defense of his fellow soldiers and various awards for his photography," his daughter Linda said.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine Tupper of Lodi; daughter Linda Spalinger of Boulder Creek; and son Craig Tupper and his wife Wendy of Yamhill, Ore.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to a local hospice organization.
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