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Robert Arnold Dewsnap

1923 - 1999


Robert Arnold Dewsnap was born 6/12/1923 in Binghamton , New York .  His father William Robert Jr., died when he was only 9 yrs old on April 4th, 1932.  I don’t know if he remembered him or not, but he never spoke of  what kind of a father he was … judging by the early photographs, he looked to have a happy childhood up to that point. 

He and his older brother Edward

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Dewsnap History

 written by Robert age 10

Fathers name was William R. Dewsnap.  Mothers name was Nellie G. Dewsnap.  Father born Feb 20, 1877.  Mother born April 20, 1893.  Married Oct. 9, 1918. Two boys Edward and Robert were born  July 7, 1920 and June 12, 1923.  Father died April 4, 1932.  We have lived in Owego 11 years.

We kept about 500 hens.  We had some ducks and rabbits.  We raised fruit and vegetables.  We went on picnics and walks.  We went to bed early.  Robert began school when he was 5 years old.  Edward had inflammatory rheumatism when he was 9 and did not go to school until he was 12, then he went to Syracuse state school.  We enjoy the birds and make bird houses for them.  We had a big cat Buster and he disappeared when he was 7 years old.  We found a stray cat Rosa which now has 5 kittens.

Once when Edward was about 3 years old he went down cellar and there was a jar of butter on the floor and near there was some kerosene, and he poured it in the butter!

The first time Robert went up a ladder father was building a chicken coop and he had the ladder up on the coop and Robert went up it.  We had a dog Mikky.  Father pulled Robert to town on the sled in the winter to get his hair cut.  Edward had a doll Peter who has been like one of the family.  He has had many adventures!




                                                                           Bob and Ruth Dewsnap



Bob and Jeanne Dewsnap





Verbal account from

 Robert Arnold Dewsnap’s Military Tour

Boot camp - Ft. Custer, Mich. 3-29-43 M.P. training.

Nov 26, 1943 shipped out of Boston, rendezvoused with convoy at Newfoundland

Sailed 10 days to Firth of Clyde Scotland

Stayed over night and went to Hollywood, North Ireland where they stayed for 1 1/2 months.

Drove truck hauling supplies from Belfast to the base and did town patrol in Belfast (beautiful green country side but B.F. wasn't pretty).

Landed at Utah Beach in France 15 days after D-Day (June 6) by LCI (landing craft infantry).

Firth of Clyde - shallow port sent gliders out to fetch, stayed in guan set huts and took flat bottom boat over to:


Leeds England

Immingham Docks

South Hampton

Utah Beach

St. Malo - not a building standing

St. Thigonic - guarded POW camp 30,000 Germans with a 45 pistol

Maastrich Holland - replacement depot

Kerkrade H. coal mine - slept at 3 deck (2 wks) Dec. 44 Roer River at Flood

Heerlen, German - 19th COR headquarters




Geilenkirchen - cross Rhine at Wesel on pontoon bridge


Munster Ireland

Warendorf Germany - got Nazi flag from Nazi Party headquarters with acre long underground file room with row after row of complete ID file on every German citizen. A beautiful rose garden at ground level completely camouflaged it.

Sladthagen - captured S.S. (tattoo under right arm)

Gardelegen - we found where slave laborer where rounded up, herded into a big barn and set a fire - trenches around were filled with bodies and covered with quick lime (all civilians)

Klotze - commandeered a hotel waited 5 days for Russians advance to Elbe River.

Loaded up on transport trucks and road 5-6 days all the way across Europe stopping at transiet camp only for chow and over nite on cots.

Stayed at Camp Lucky Strike on the bluff above Harve France Britney Pennensulafor 10 days waiting for transport ship - back to New Port News, Va.

30 days leave then troop train to Camp Cook on West coast for 1 1/2 months (now Vandenberg by Santa Maria) sitting in troop train Chicago when heard news of V.J. (great feeling!).

Finally Fort Ord for week - 10 days before discharge.

Drove new trainees to beach for amphibious training and then back at nite. Tonsils removed by wire loop while sitting in straight back chair.

Russian pistols for souvenirs confiscated - Belgian 7.65 mm Walther pistol

German P.38 and ammo

War buddies - Don Gramps and Striker - Oakdale, CA

Discharged - Fort Ord 11-9-45



Robert Arnold Dewsnap, age 76, passed away Friday, November 26, 1999 in Provo, Utah.

Born June 12, 1923 in Owego, New York the son of William and Nellie Graves Dewsnap. He grew up in that area, graduated from Owego Academy, and upon leaving there joined the U.S. Army, serving in World War II.As a long time resident of Needles, CA, his career took him from the Santa Fe to the founding of Desert Refrigeration where he retired. he was a member of the local VFW and Elks Club. He loved traveling and exploring the great outdoors. Boating on the Colorado was one of his favorite pastimes. While living in Utah, Bob's main interest was being a volunteer fire fighter for the Central Utah area. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother and second wife, Jeanne.

Survivors include his third wife, Iris of Mapleton, UT; son Bill Dewsnap of Beaverton, OR; daughters, Cathy Zozaya of Vancouver, WA; Suzi Terrell of West Linn, OR; Emily Grider of Colorado Springs, CO; three stepchildren, Tony and Larry Hestand and Janis Lowery. He had five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.



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