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Robert J. Whipple ***
U.S. Army *** Germany 1960-1963
On August 1, 1960 Bob entered the Army. After Basic
Infantry Training at Fort Dix, NJ. he sailed to Germany on the
U.S.S. Rose to Swazbish Hall, south of Stoutgrat. He was attached
to 3rd of the 37th Field Artillery "Seven Steps to Hell!"
In the tedium of the "Cold War" Bob found playing "tischtennis"
or "table tennis" in the recreation room helped past
the time. During a West German challanage he proceeded to demonstrate
his proficiency and for the Army became an "Ambassador of
Ping Pong" touring Europe with 5 US Army members and the
West Germany team . In 2500 Diplomatic and Exhibition tournaments,
including Chinese and East Germany teams, Bob only lost 49 out
of his 600 matches! Discharged, Specialist 4th Class (E-4) August
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