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Robert Snouffer  Elson

Robert Snouffer Elson

Male 1921 - 2016  (95 years)

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  • Name Robert Snouffer Elson  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Nickname Bob 
    Born 21 Oct 1921  Riverside, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Military Service U.S. Army Air Force - WW II 
    Died 22 Nov 2016  Golden, Jefferson Cnty, CO Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
    Buried Ft. Logan National Cem, Denver, CO Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I476  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 7 Jan 2017 

    Father Claude Henry Elson,   b. 2 Aug 1882, Hagar Twsp, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1951, Benton Harbor, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Bessie Elizabeth Snouffer,   b. 2 Dec 1891, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1958, Riverside, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 28 Apr 1915  Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Family ID F161  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Nancy Hyatt,   b. 21 Oct 1924,   d. 3 Jun 2006, Golden, Jefferson Cnty, CO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 26 Dec 1949  Dallas, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6, 11
    Children 
     1. Lanka Elson
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2017 22:10:08 
    Family ID F1304  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Robert Snouffer Elson and cousin 
Dorothy Snouffer Hannon
    Robert Snouffer Elson and cousin Dorothy Snouffer Hannon
    Robert Snouffer Elson
    Robert Snouffer Elson
    World War II, U.S. Army Air Corps

  • Notes 
    • Robert Snouffer was inducted into the U.S. Army on 10 Sep 1942 at Ft. Custer, MI. He was assigned to the Signal Corps and then moved on to aviation. He completed his pilot training at Brooks Field, TX. In Feb 1944 he became an advanced flight instructor at the AAF Training Command at Pampa, TX. Later he served at Air Service Command Headquarters in India (including Burma). He received a commendation letter in Mar 1945 for piloting a risky medical emergency rescue on a "particularly inaccessible" island in the Bay of Bengal. He successfuly piloted the rescue under "hazardous conditions," including an uncertain location, primitive landing circumstances on a beach, minimal radio communication, and take-off in the dark.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] Bertha Newens|, Bertha Ina (Newens) Snouffer, "Newens & Snouffer Family Records", (Bertha Ina (Newens) Snouffer; unpublished charts; created abt 1960; revised abt 1970; original charts possessed by Wm.C.Snouffer).

    2. [S103] FindaGrave|, FindaGrave.com, (www.FindAGrave.com), (Claude H Elson; 16 Mar 1951).

    3. [S70] Knecht, Karen|, Karen Beth Knecht, "Correspondence", (Karen B. Knecht, alohakarenk@hotmail.com).

    4. [S42] Jewell - Snouffers|, Carol Snouffer Jewell, "Snouffer, Schnauffer, Newens of Germany, IA, 1523-1997" (Nov 1999), (Family Tree Maker, "World Family Tree," CD-ROM database (vol. 54, tree 2400), Cambridge, MA; The Learning Company, Inc. : 2000).

    5. [S103] FindaGrave|, FindaGrave.com, (www.FindAGrave.com), 174005794.

    6. [S3] Personal |, Person Named, Spouse, or close Relative or Friend, (Donna Jean Wintersteen).

    7. [S879] IA Marriages, 1838-1934 |, Iowa County Court Clerks, Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934, (Online database, "Historical Record Collections," Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, UT; https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list ).

    8. [S40] Obituary|, Anonymous, "Obituary", (Claude H Elson; 16 Mar 1951).

    9. [S69] Cedar Rapids Lutheran|, "Church Records", (First Lutheran Church, 1000 Third Ave, SE, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52403).

    10. [S37] Ancestry Tree - Mann|, James D. Hug, "Mann_2011-12-09", (Ancestry.com, Public Member Tree, Online database, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/33020986/listofallpeople).

    11. [S103] FindaGrave|, FindaGrave.com, (www.FindAGrave.com), 174005774.