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Lieut Robert A. "Bob" Croninger
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Birth: 1922
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Nov. 14, 1945

Death Ends the Military Career of Bob Croninger

Second Lieut. Robert A. Croninger, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Croninger, 129 F street northwest, who was killed in line of duty Nov. 14 on Leyte island in the Philippines, held an outstanding scholastic and military records. Had he not given his life in the service of his country, "Bob," as he was known among his many friends here, planned to continue his education for a degree in research chemistry when his military days were over. The circumstances of the 23-year-old officer's death are still vague. His parents said Saturday that a War department telegram received Nov. 27 offered no other news than that he was "killed in line of duty on Leyte in an aircraft accident." Born in Miami, Lieutenant Croninger attended the public schools here and was graduated with high honors from the local high school, He was valedictorian of his class. While attending the University of Illinois, where he was a student in chemical engineering, Lieutenant Croninger was a member of the Reserve Officers Training corps for two years. Early in October 1942, he enlisted for advanced military training course in the enlisted reserve corps. Called to active duty in January, 1943, he entered the U.S. Army Signal corps at Camp Grant, Illinois. The Miamian was transferred to Camp Crowder, Mo., in July 1943, where he received additional training until he was assigned to the officers' training school at Fort Monmouth, N.J. Commissioned in September, 1944, Lieutenant Croninger returned to the officers' training school from where he was graduated in December of that year. Following a short furlough with his family, the officer was ordered to Camp Beale, California, from where he embarked for overseas service in January, 1945. Stationed on New Guinea island, he was assigned to "safe hand" courier duty and traveled from base to base by plane. His parents were not advised of his actions, as his work was of a secret nature. Last August he was reported to be based in Manila. Since he was 12 years old, Bob had been active in Boy Scout activities in Miami. He was an Eagle Scout and had earned advanced honors in several crafts. A counselor of several summer camps in Ottawa county, he was also an assistant scout master. While attending the University of Illinois at Champaign, he continued his scouting work until called to active duty in the armed forces. At the time of his death he was still on the membership rolls of troop No. 50 of the Methodist church. Lieutenant Croninger was a member of Miami Blue lodge of Masons, and was honored with a membership in the Knights of Pythias when he was graduated as valedictorian of the 1939 high school class here. At the University of Illinois, he was active in the student Congregational church. He was president of the student association, and a member of the college honor society. Lieutenant Croninger belong to the "Scabbard and Blade," a military fraternity. Bob was a member of the First Methodist church where he participated in young people's activities and sang in the church choir. Besides his parents, Lieutenant Croninger is survived by a sister, Mrs. Raymond O. Skinner of Tulsa; a brother, David Croninger of the home, and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Otis Cherrington of Vinita. (Miami Daily News-Record, Miami, OK, Sunday, December 2, 1945, p. 1, Col. 7-8)


Body of Soldier Here; Last Rites Set Wednesday

The body of Lieut. Robert A. Croninger arrived here at 12:43 p.m. Saturday for funeral services and reburial in G. A. R. cemetery. Young Croninger, 23 when he was killed Nov. 14, 1945, while serving with American forces on Leyte Island in the Pacific, wound have been 26 years old yesterday. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Croninger, 4 F street southwest; a brother, David C. Croninger, also f Miami, and a sister, Mrs. R. O. Skinner of Rangely, Colo. Funeral rites will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Methodist church. There will be a short talk by Supt. R. C. Nichols of the Miami schools. The Rev. H. H. Cody will have charge of the service. The Veterans of Foreign Wars will furnish colors and the bugler and American Legion members will serve as pallbearers. The family request that no flowers be sent. Burial will be under direction of the Cooper Funeral home. (Miami Daily News-Record, Miami, OK, Sunday, September 5, 1948, p. 11, Col. 8) 
 
Burial:
Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery
Miami
Ottawa County
Oklahoma, USA
 
Created by: mokennehan
Record added: Jan 18, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64374577
Lieut Robert A. Bob Croninger
Added by: Judy K. Roberts
 
Lieut Robert A. Bob Croninger
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 Added: Dec. 14, 2014

- mokennehan
 Added: Jan. 18, 2011
 
 
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