Paul Robert Jasper
Captain, United States Navy
a contemporaruy press report:
On July 19, 2001, PAUL ROBERT JASPER, died at Virginia Beach General Hospital. He held commissions in all three services and whose active duty spanned the period from World War II through Vietnam.
Born at Eureka Springs, Arkansas, he graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1948 with the degree of BSCE with h onors. He obtained a Masters degree in engineering from Princeston University in 1954.
During World War II, he was rated pilot at
Luke Field in Arizona and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army
Air Corps. As a fighter pilot with the 368th Fighter Group, he was
a member of the first American Squadron to land in the Normandy
In late June 1944, he parachuted from a damaged
aircraft after destroying a
In 1945, he reverted to inactive Reserve in the Army due to eye damage resulting from diet deficiency while in captivity. When the Air Force was established as an independent organization, his commission with rating of pilot was transfered to that service. He resigned the Air Force commision in 1948 to accept a regular commission in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps.
Assigned to duty at Port Hueneme, California,
Captain Jasper met Ensign Dorothy Louise Marion, Navy Nurse Corps USN,
from Mt. Airy, North Carolina, who became
At the time of his retirement from the Navy in 1979, Captain Jasper was the Inspector General of the Naval Facilities Command in Washington, DC.
Military decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with seven Oak Leak Clusters from World War II; Legion of Merit with Combat ''V'' from the Vietnam War as well as the RVN Gallantry Cross 3rd Class and the Civil Action Medal.
He was elected to membership in the Sigma XI and Tau Beta PI Engineering Fraternities and to the grade of Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was Registed Professional Engineer in the state of New York and also Maryland; a member of the Order of Dadalians and a member of the Caterpillar Club.
After retiring to Annapolis, he became a consulting engineer to several firms. He was Docent at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and also with Historic Annapolis at the William Paca House in Annapolis. He moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia in June 1997. He attended Eastern Shore Episcopal Chapel. His hobbies included fishing, skiing, gold and landscape painting.
Captain Jasper is survived by his wife, Dorothy
Louise Marion Jasper; his two sons, Capt. Stephen Charles Jasper of Virginia
Beach and Capt. Eric Jasper of Hawaii
A funeral service was conducted Saturday, July
21. Interment Arlington National Cemetery at 9 a.m., Tuesday, July 4, 2001.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions
JASPER, PAUL ROBERT