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Rolen Henry "Runt" Cornelius
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Birth: Sep. 12, 1912
Zephyr
Brown County
Texas, USA
Death: May 13, 1971
Blythe
Riverside County
California, USA

Rolen was a twin brother to Olen Cornelius. Family lore says that Rolen thought he needed a middle name, so named himself Rolen Henry. Rolen never married.

1920 Brown Co., TX, ED 11, Sh 4A: Mrs. Jessie Cornelius, 35, TX, Wd; Milford, 19, TX; Silas, 17, TX; Solomon, 13, TX; Noah, 11, TX; Ruby, 9 1/12, TX;; Roland, 7 3/12, TX Oland, 7 3/12, TX; Darwin, 5 6/12, TX; Vonnie, 2 3/12, TX; M.A., 70, AL (Moses Andrew).

1930 Brown Co., TX, ED 15, Sh 10A: Jessie Cornelious, 46, TX. Wd; Ruby, 20, TX; Rowland, 17, TX; Oland, 17, TX; Darwin, 15, TX.

1940 Riverside Co., CA: Rolen H. Cornelius, 27, TX

WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH FROM WASHINGTON DC TO MRS. JESSIE CORNELIUS (1943). "Deeply regret to inform you your son private first class Rolen H. Cornelius was seriously wounded in action in soutwest pacific area January 24 period Reports will be forwarded when received. The Adjutant General

Newspaper Article: "A letter was received yesterday by Mrs. Jessie Cornelius of Zephyr from her son, PFC Rolen Cornelius. He is now stationed somewhere in Australia. This is the first direct information she has received about him in over a month. On February 10, she was notified that he had been injured in New Guinea by the Japanese. Then through indirect information she learned that he had lost a foot. In the letter he told his mother: "I'm making it fine; don't worry about me."

PFC Cornelius entered the service February 15, 1941. He sailed from San Francisco April 1, 1942, and was stationed in Australia until about January 1. He was then sent to New Guinea to fight in the successful campaign against the Jap force in Papua."

Rolen received a Purple Heart during WWII. He lost a part of one leg.

Services for Rolen H. Cornelius, 58, of Blythe, Calif. will be at Zephyr Methodist Church Tuesday at 2 P.M.. Burial will be in Zephyr Cemetary. Mr. Cornelius died Thursday in Blythe, Calif. following a brief illness. Born Sept. 12, 1912 in Zephyr, he was an assistant golf pro. A Methodist, he was also a member of the Elks Lodge. He had lived in Blythe since 1936. Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Jessie K. Cornelius of Brownwood; two brothers, Solomon of Carrolton [TX] and Darwin Cornelius of Brady.

Editor, Palo Verde Times (Blythe Calif): Dear Sir:

I only knew Runt Cornelius for the past seven years, but in that short time I learned to admire and like him very much. He was very human and earthy, and the salt of the Earth. His love for sports was complete and contagious. Although he had only one leg, he never mentioned it or used it as an excuse. His sense of fair play and honesty was an inspriation to all who knew and loved him. Our valley has lost one of the friendliest, most likeable little guy that ever lived.

A friend, Eric H. Jackson
 
 
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 Parents:
  Walter R. Cornelius (1880 - 1918)
  Jessie K. Locke Cornelius (1884 - 1975)
 
 Siblings:
  Andrew Milford Cornelius (1900 - 1969)*
  Silas Cornelius (1902 - 1958)*
  Beaulah Cornelius (1904 - 1911)*
  Solomon Cornelius (1906 - 1985)*
  Noah Cornelius (1907 - 1951)*
  Ruben Ernest Cornelius (1909 - 1967)*
  Rolen Henry Cornelius (1912 - 1971)
  Olen Cornelius (1912 - 1952)*
  Walter Darwin Cornelius (1915 - 1987)*
  Vaughn Ray Cornelius (1917 - 1923)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
PFC AT CO 163 Infantry
World War II PH
 
Burial:
Zephyr Cemetery
Zephyr
Brown County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Eugene Cornelius
Record added: Nov 06, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43986540
Rolen Henry Runt Cornelius
Added by: Eugene Cornelius
 
Rolen Henry Runt Cornelius
Added by: Eugene Cornelius
 
Rolen Henry Runt Cornelius
Added by: Eugene Cornelius
 
 
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I recall visting you in the veterans hospital right after WWII and the memorable trip to the old CCC site where you worked during the great depression.Bless you for your sacrifice during the war.
- Eugene Cornelius
 Added: Dec. 19, 2014
Freedom is not free. It is bought and paid for with the service and sacrifices of our men and women who serve in the Armed Forces..."Those who turn their guns into plows will plow for those who have guns." Author not remembered........Blessed Be
- Wanda M.
 Added: Apr. 17, 2011

-Anonymous
 Added: May. 4, 2008
 
 
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