Robert Lobdell, Jr.
WWII Soldier
Hamilton County, NY

Source: From Brenda Howe's grandmother's photo album. Donated by Brenda Howe.

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Dated Nov. 26, 1947

NORTHVILLE - Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lobdell have received word that the body of their son, Pfc Robert Lobdell, Jr., first reported missing in action on Belgium, December 21, 1945 and later as a drowning victim in Liege, Belgiumm, has arrived at the Distribution Depot in Schenectady on the way home for burial.

Pfc Lobdell was with an outfit that was moving up to the front line in an effort to stem a German counter-attack and was operating a truck in battle when the right track of the big vehicle broke and tipped over into the Meuse river. His body was buried in Belgium at services conducted by a Protestant clergyman.

Pfc Lobdell was a native of Hamilton county and went into service with the US Army, May 14, 1941. He received his basic training at Camp Upton and was later transferred to Pine Camp as a member of the Fourth Armored division. After completing his training, he was transferred to Tennessee for further training. He spent six months on desert maneuvers in California and served at Fort Benning, Ga., and Fort Johnson, S.C.

Word was received by his parents in 1945 that he had landed safely overseas. He was transferred to France where his unit became a part of the Ninth Army when it went into action. He took part in battles in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany.

Mr. and Mrs. Lobdell are awaiting word as to when the body will arrive in Northville.


Undated: This one has a picture.

The body of Pfc Robert Lobdell, Jr., among the honored dead of World War II, former resident of the Town of Hop, will reach Northville this afternoon after having arrived at the American Graves Registration Distribution Center in Schenectady, from the European theatre of operations a few days ago. The body will be escorted to the Claude A. Lipe Funeral Home, Northville, by T/5 Elmer Becker of the U.S. Army


dated Dec. 7, 1947

NORTHVILLE - Funeral services for Pfc Robert Lobdell were held yesterday afternoon at 3 at the Claude A. Lipe funeral home, at which time the American Legion Auxiliary of the Sacandaga Post, Northville, offered the Legion Auxiliary funeral ritual. Mrs. Eugenia Willard, president of the auxiliary, and Mrs. Lydia Cruikshank, chaplain of the auxiliary officiated.

The services were largely attended and there was a profusion of flowers from neighbors, Cordone Bottling Works, Gloversville, American Legion Auxiliary of Wells, Sacandaga Post, Auxiliary, Richard Trembley Post VFW, Northville, relatives and friends.

After the services at the funeral home the cortege proceeded to the family plot in the Wells cemetery, where the Rev. Franklin Worden of the Johnsburg Methodist church and the Rev. J.G. Robinson of the Wells Methodist church officiated over the graveside service.

Military rites were performed by the Wells American Legion Post and the Trembley Post.

The color guards were Morgan Stuart, Frank Morrison, Gerald Schuyler and Carl Reese of Wells.

The bearers were Joseph Tuccio, Joseph Stockwell, Louis Van Heusen, Ernest Gifford, Russell Hopes, William R. Pearsal, Lauren Weaver and John Van Heusen of Trembley Post.

Honorary bearers and escorts were James Zullo, Frank Parker, George Reese, Forest Bradt, Sam Morrison, Michael Cymbolak, Clayton Schuyler, John Heffernan, Milton Wolven and Jerry Stuart of Wells Post.

The interment flag was presented to the mother of the deceased by the Post Commander Cymbolak of the Wells Legion.

Those attending the services from out of town were from Johnstown, Gloversville, Mechanicville, Albany, Niskayuna, Mayfield and Winsted, Conn.

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