William E. “Bill” Stroup, CW04, CEC, USN Ret. received his last transfer at the age of 93 on July 15, 2021.
Bill was born in Williamsport to Charles E. and Lucretia F. Stroup on Dec. 9, 1927. He was married to Norma Grace Finning Stroup, formally from Trinidad, West Indies. In addition to Grace, he is survived by their three children, Don and his wife Cindy of Quincy, MA, Robert Stroup of Long Beach and Elizabeth Stroup of Linden. He is also survived by grandchildren, Derek Stroup, Sharon (Bubba) Lessard and Lincoln Lessard all from Massachusetts and sisters, Charlotte I. Shrepple and Mary K. Kuhns of Williamsport. Preceded in death are brothers, Thomas B. Frantz and Curtis F. Stroup and sisters, Phyllis H. Frantz and Katherine J. Stroup May.
Graveside service with full Military Honors will take place at the Biloxi National Cemetery on July 21 2021. A celebration of Bill’s life will follow at VFW Post 3937 in Long Beach, MS.
Bill enlisted in the Navy upon graduation from Williamsport High School and Technical Institute. In his 30 years of service with the Naval Construction Force (Seabees), he was assigned duties from the Arctic to the Antarctic with a few arduous assignments and numerous family-oriented duty stations in between. Upon retiring from the Navy, Bill made Long Beach, MS his primary residence. He then entered the private sector as operations manager for several projects with an international engineering company. Among his numerous advancements, achievements and awards for military service and accomplishments, Bill received three distinct honors: The most coveted civilian and military pistol award in 1965, the Distinguished Pistol Medal. In 2007, an Antarctic mountain peak was named after him, Stroup Peak, located longitude 77 06’15“S, latitude 162 37’00”E, and from the WAHS Alumni Education Foundation he received the annual Distinguished Alumni Award in the professional category in 2016. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.