Salvatore “Sam” Ralph Trippi spent 30 years serving our country in the United States Marine Corps (Staff Sergeant) and the United States Air Force (Chief Master Sergeant). He went to boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina. He met his wife, Minnie “Ruth” Mills, while he was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. They married in 1952 and had six children, thirteen grandchildren, and fifteen great grandchildren. They were married for 65 years before Ruth passed away in 2018.
Sam served the country during the Korean War and Vietnam War, and he was stationed at numerous locations such as Hawaii, Kansas, Brussels, Saigon, England, Ohio, and Texas.
After he retired from the Air Force as a Chief Master Sergeant, they moved from Texas to Dothan, Alabama where he worked for Michelin for 10 years.
After retiring from Michelin, Sam and Ruth moved their family to Greenville, South Carolina where he went to work for Textron Lycoming (now AlliedSignal).
After retiring in 2000 from Textron, Sam and Ruth settled in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He loved walking around downtown Fountain Inn talking to everyone that would listen. He would stop by Grand South Bank, Burdette’s, Fletcher’s, and other businesses getting coffee for himself and pens, notepads, and candy for the children and grandchildren. Some people may not have known his name, but if you mentioned the man on Main Street wearing a military ball cap and carrying a white Styrofoam coffee cup, they’d know exactly who you were talking about.
Sam went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 11, 2022.
Sam at the base
Ruth and Sam at Niagara Falls in 1954. Ruth is pregnant with their oldest daughter, Jennifer.
In dress uniform with his wife, Ruth, at the wedding of a grandchild.
Grandson Joseph Trippi (USMC) awards the military spouse recognition award to Ruth Trippi. 2011
Sam with his grandchildren
Grandson Joseph proudly pointing to his Papa's name at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Chief Master Sergeant Trippi diplaying the flag at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church
A small portion of the extended Trippi Family at a Thanksgiving celebration in Simpsonville in 2021
Papa Sam with three of his granddaughters Erin, Cara, and Addie at his 92nd birthday party
Sam Trippi with his grandson, Forrest
Sam Trippi with his granddaughter, Brittany