In Memory - Bob Wolfe
My Uncle Bob was always an unknown to me, a picture hanging on the wall, I believe his high school photo. About all I knew was that his plane crashed in Germany during WWII, and that he was listed as MIA for quite a while before his death was finally reported. My mother rarely talked of him, and in retrospect, I think she grieved his loss to some degree for the rest of her life.

After his son Joel’s death in 2018, the son of his wife Maggie, Kevin Li, did some research and found information about his military service and the plane crash. I have documented that here. I hope to add more about his life than this insert from his obituary. What I have already is much more information than I knew when I started on these pages.

Robert Clayton Wolfe, son of Clayton and Josephine Wolfe, was born October 1, 1924 on a farm in Rosewood township. He came with his parents to Montevideo when he was three years old and attended the Montevideo schools, graduating from high school with the class of 1942.

After graduation, Bob went to Portland, Oregon, where he was in the employ of the Kaiser shipyards until being inducted into the army. It was while at Portland that his marriage to Miss Dorothy Anderson of Montevideo took place on April 26, 1943. Their marriage took place at St Mary’s Cathedral in Portland.

Robert entered the army May 21, 1943 and from Fort Snelling was sent to Lincoln, Nebraska for basic training. He attended radio school at Sacramento, CA, later going to Fresno, CA and then to gunnery school at Las Vegas.

He received the final phase of his training at Drew Field, Tampa, FL, before leaving for overseas duty on September 1, 1944, only 8 hours after the birth of his infant son, Joel Robert Wolfe. En route to the Italian area, T/Sgt. Wolfe went to Iceland, England, and North Africa before being sent to Italy.

Letters received shortly before he was reported missing revealed that he had completed five missions in the short time he had been overseas. He had written of bomb runs over Stolberg, Germany. His plane crashed in Blechhammer, Germany, and was reported as Killed in Action on October 17, 1944. He had just turned 20 years-old.

Excerpt from the news report of his death. Source and publication date unknown.