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Louis Julius "Sonny" Houck
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Birth: Mar. 10, 1904
Missouri, USA
Death: Jun. 29, 1955
Alaska, USA

He was the son of Julius C. and Mary Clara Ambrosia Tucker Houck. He was one of several children, including Eula Clara Houck, Virginia Elizabeth Houck Bush, Paul Thomas, Grace Houck Margraf, and Lee Joseph Houck.

His wife was Thelma, with sons Donald and Jerry.

He worked as a civilian employee for Western Electric Company via contract with the United States Air Force, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska.

Louis Houck was killed when a transport type aircraft, C-47A #43-15594 crashed on Sitkinak Island, Alaska, 29 June 1955, while on a flight out of Kodiak Naval Air Station, Alaska, to drop fuel supplies at the government/military outpost located on the island. He was one of three civilians on board. The plane was circling to pinpoint the supply drop location when it experienced a downdraft from the nearby ridge of mountains, and the aircraft did not have sufficient speed to maintain altitude.

Ten men in total gave their lives that day, seven military and three civilians.

The military men were:
Capt. Sumner M. Alpert,
Second Lt. Tullie Warren Moore,
PFC Thomas M. Gravel,
A/2C Harold D. Bohm,
SFC John Murl Claxton,
A/1C George William Hart, and
Cpl Richard Langdon.

The civilians were employees of Western Electric Company:
Louis Julius Houck,
Kurt Alfred Hentschke, Sr., and
John Joseph Dupre.

NOTE: Thank you to everyone who has helped me locate all these men especially B24CoPilotNiece for supplying much of this information and for helping me in my research. Visit her contributor page for other military information.

Family links: 
  Julius C. Houck (1874 - 1960)
  Clara T. Tucker Houck (1878 - 1967)
  Louis Julius Houck (1904 - 1955)
  Eula Clara Houck (1907 - 2000)*
  Virginia Elizabeth Houck Bush (1911 - 2002)*
  Grace Houck Margraf (1914 - 2001)*
  Lee Joseph Houck (1918 - 1921)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Grove Cemetery
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Section 5; Lot 173; Place #9
Maintained by: glenda (contributor #473...
Originally Created by: B24CoPilotNiece
Record added: Apr 19, 2013
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Louis Julius Sonny Houck
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Louis Julius Sonny Houck
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 Added: Jan. 30, 2015

- glenda (contributor #47305349)
 Added: Dec. 8, 2013

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