Correctional Officer Joseph B. Waldrupe

Correctional Officer Joseph B. Waldrupe

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, November 16, 1901

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Joseph B. Waldrupe

Correctional Officer Joseph Waldrupe succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained several days earlier during an attack by inmates while supervising a crew building the new United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas.

One of the inmates had located a gun hidden by a former inmate and fired at the guard box containing Officer Waldrupe.

Officer Waldrupe was able to return fire, killing the suspect, but was struck by one last round fired by the man. Although critically wounded, Officer Waldrupe fought off several other inmates who were attempted to gain control to the guard box.

Officer Waldrupe had served with the Federal Bureau of Prison for one year. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Kansas
  • Incident Date Thursday, November 7, 1901
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Not available

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Officer Waldrupe,
On today, the 120th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


United States Border Patrol

November 16, 2021

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