Roddy "Chips" Chupurdia

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  • Name: Roddy "Chips" Chupurdia
  • Location of Birth: Calumet, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: October 13, 1923
  • Date of Death: April 22, 2008
  • Parents: Stojan Chupurdia & Mary (Merich) Chupurdia
  • High School and Class: 1941 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
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  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: March 1, 1943
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  • Date of Discharge: February 5, 1947
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  • Military Awards:
    Purple Heart
    Bronze Star

  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Roddy Chupurdia
    Race: White
    Age: 18
    Birth Date: October 13, 1923
    Birth Place: Calumet, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Calumet, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: June 30, 1942
    Employer: Interstate Mine, Calumet, Itasca, Minnesota
    Weight: 180
    Height: 6-2
    Complexion: Ruddy
    Eye Color: Brown
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Mary Medich, Calumet, Minnesota

    Roddy served in the South Pacific during World War II. He became paralyzed from the hips down due to polio contracted while serving as a chief of a gun battery during the invasion of Luzon.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Roddy Chupurdia married Verna Daves in 1946 in Arkansas. He was a nationally known authority in the field of prosthetics and also specialized in counseling and rehabilitation and was a special advisor to the medical staff of Veteran Administration Hospitals and training institutions. He was Chief of prosthetics service at the Los Angeles Veterans Administration center and was awarded the California governor's citation for meritorious service.

    Roddy died in Nevada City, California. He is survived by sisters, Minnie Kivlin and Ellen Cogger; brother, Bob Medich; daughter, Deborah Ash; son, David; three granddaughters; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, his parents, five brothers, and one sister.

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