Robert Van Fossen passed away in 1952

Robert Van Fossen graduated from Greenbrier High School in 1949. He died serving his country in a military plane crash in Alaska. At the time of his death he was survived by his parents L.H. & Ruby Doll Van Fossen and sisters, Jean Van Fossen Caid & Linda Van Fossen Brooks.  Wreckage was found soon after the crash; however, severe weather and terrain delayed the military from reaching the site. When the rescue team reached the site there was no visible evidence of the plane due additional snowfall and avalanches.  As a result no remains were recovered.

Robert enlisted in the Arkansas National Guard in Conway in 1947 and later joined the USAF upon graduation from high school. While in the Air Force he attended language school in California becoming fluent in the Russian language. At the time of his death he was en route to Anchorage where he was to serve as a communication specialist. In 2012 an Air National Guard helicopter crew discovered aircraft debris on Colony Glacier 30 miles east of Anchorage. It was quickly determined to be the C124. Due to 60 years of glacier movement the debris field was 13 miles from the crash site. Annual missions for the past 6 years to the glacier continue to facilitate the recovery of additional remains. To date remains have been identified from 33 of the 52 individuals on board.  Robert’s remains were recovered during 2015 & 2016 recovery missions.

Robert is survived today by nephews and nieces; Kevin Caid, Robert Caid, Karen Caid McGough, Lori Brooks, David Brooks & Lisa Brooks.

Robert Van Fossen of Greenbrier died on November 22, 1952 in a military plane crash in Alaska. He was born May 3, 1931 in Hastings Nebraska and graduated Greenbrier High School in 1949.  Robert was survived by his parents L.H. & Ruby Doll Van Fossen and sisters, Jean Van Fossen Caid & Linda Van Fossen Brooks at the time of his death. Wreckage was discovered in 2012 on a military training mission. His remains were recovered during a 2015 & 2016 recovery missions.

Robert is survived today by nephews and nieces; Kevin Caid, Robert Caid, Karen Caid McGough, Lori Brooks, David Brooks & Lisa Brooks.

A grave side memorial service with full military honors will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Cleburne County Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements by Family funeral Service. www.dwightfamilyfuneral.com