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Dale “Bill” William Robertson, Captain, USAF (Fallen)December 13, 1928 – August 26, 1959
Child of Reuben P. Robertson and Adeline E. Gropengieser and husband of Lorraine Elizabeth Machon.
Married on September 2, 1950 in Denison, Grayson County, Texas.
Military: Captain US Air Force
Children: Peggy, Dale (Robbie) and Susan
Article from The Rhinelander Daily News newspaper dated August 1959:
Captain Dale W. (Bill) Robertson, 30, a native of Rhinelander, was killed Wednesday morning in a helicopter crash in Greenland, according to a message from the Air Force received today by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Robertson, 616 Pelican Street.
The 8th Air Force announced today that five passengers and two crew members died in the crash, about eleven miles north of Thule Air Force Base, Greenland.
Also killed in the crash was Livingston Lord Satterthwaite, a senior U. S. Foreign Service officer.
Satterthwaite, 50, was deputy of missions at the U. S. Embassy in Copenhagen and was in Greenland on official business.
He listed Ambler, Pennsylvania, as his home.
Six of those who died in the accident were Americans and one was a Dane.
Captain Robertson was listed as co-pilot of the stricken helicopter.
Captain Robertson entered the Air Force in March 1948. He was born here December 13, 1928, and was graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1946.
His wife, the former Lorraine Machon of Rhinelander, and three children, Peggy Ann, Robbie and Susan, live at Novato, California.
He is also survived by one brother, Fred (Fritz) Robertson, Rhinelander, and two sisters, Mrs. James P. (Kaye) Morgan and Mrs. F. E. (Delphine) Shade, both of Milwaukee, in addition to his parents.
Obituary from The Rhinelander Daily News newspaper, Wisconsin, dated Tuesday, September 1, 1959:
Military graveside services will be held here Thursday morning after a requiem mass for Captain Dale W. (Bill) Robertson, a Rhinelander airman who was killed last Wednesday in a helicopter crash in Greenland.
The body will arrive here by train Wednesday morning, with Captain Joseph E. Martin serving as the military escort. The body will lie in state after 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Hildebrand Funeral Home.
Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Mary’s Church, with the Reverend George Votruba officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, where a military detachment from Sawyer Air Force Base, Gwinn, Michigan, will conduct the graveside rites.
Captain Robertson, 30, was co-pilot of a helicopter which crashed about eleven miles north of Thule Air Force Base, Greenland. Also killed in the accident were the pilot and five passengers, including Livingston Lord Satterthwaite, a senior U. S. Foreign Service officer.
Captain Robertson entered the Air Force in March, 1948. He was born here December 13, 1928, and was graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1946.
He also is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Robertson, Rhinelander; one brother, Fred, Rhinelander, and two sisters, Mrs. James P. (Kaye) Morgan and Mrs. F. E. (Delphine) Shade, both of Milwaukee.
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