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Robert Lee Velde
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Birth: Dec. 7, 1918
Tazewell County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jul. 20, 2000
Missoula
Missoula County
Montana, USA


Son of Henry Jacob & Laura Amanda (Himmel) Velde;
Robert graduated from Knox College, 1940, B.A., commissioned as 2d Lieutenant, US Army July 5, 1940 Galesburg IL; and also attended the U. of Colorado; 1963 he was an Army Lieutenant Colonel serving as a personnel officer at NATO headquarters; retired with 26 years service 1966. As per Bob's son, "Perhaps Bob Velde's closet brush with death in WWII happened while answering the Call of Nature. He was with a forward detachment of the Signal Corps in the North African campaign of 1942, and his unit was setting up HQ in a rundown but once very elegant building, a palace of sorts. The bathrooms in the place were very especially posh, and using them was a memorable experience, especially after long weeks of bivouacking out in the Libyan Desert. The commode was one of those ancient ones with a separate tank, mounted high on the wall. As he went to flush, Bob paused in this admiration of the setting something about pulling that chain didn't exactly feel right. He closed the lid to the throne and stood on it to inspect that tank and found a three-grenade booby trap, set to be triggered by the flush chain. Not all valiant deeds depicted in this ancestry are acts of Arms and Armor.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Henry Jacob Velde (1882 - 1935)
  Laura Amanda Himmel Velde (1888 - 1962)
 
 Spouse:
  Doris Ann Moulton Velde (1917 - 2003)
 
 Children:
  Jill Ferris Velde (1957 - 1979)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Fort Missoula Cemetery
Missoula
Missoula County
Montana, USA
 
Maintained by: Bill Velde
Originally Created by: Jim Ferris
Record added: Apr 08, 2007
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