Robert Dupree

As Interviewed by Aubrey Howe, March 24, 2019
"So I was going through training with black soldiers. And a lot of the officers and sergeants and so forth were also black. All I know was they were really good. I was kind of impressed. That was my opinion about it. They were fellow soldiers; we were on the same team."
Robert Dupree

Introductory Profile: About Robert Dupree

Robert Dupree is my grandpa and a veteran who served in the army from 1961-1963 and was a soldier during the Cuban Missile Crisis and assisted in the breaking up of riots in Mississippi during Desegregation. He’s my mother’s father and he grew up in Oklahoma during the period of segregation: going to all-white public schools and not interacting with other races really until he served in the army as a paratrooper. He went on to become very successful in the oil business. He was born on July 14, 1940 and is currently retired yet still engages in photography and stock exchange. He is a white male who is around 5’11 and has a whole head of grey hair and goes.

During our interview, Robert and I spoke about his time as a paratrooper especially during the events of the Cuban Missile Crisis and how he experienced racial desegregation, his personal racial beliefs and how the evolved, and how race has influenced him and others around him. We went in depth on riots caused by intense racism and how racial boundaries shaped his time in the army. We also spoke about how much he learned from and admired his fellow soldiers who were black during his time in the military.

Overall, my grandfather and I explored some new ideas such as his origins and how they’ve shaped his present self and his beliefs and how certain political figures can have a huge impact on their society even in death. I am very lucky to have been able to dig deeper into my roots and take a peek into the past during my interview.