Robert vanCleve Axford

Air Force Badge
  • Name: Robert vanCleve Axford
  • Location of Birth: Nebish, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: April 23, 1917
  • Date of Death: January 27, 1972
  • Parents: Byon Axford & Anna (Bishop) Axford
  • High School and Class: 1936 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: S SGT (Staff Sergeant)
  • Branch: Air Force
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: August 16, 1940
  • Place Sworn In: Fort Snelling, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: February 4, 1947
  • Place of Discharge:
  • Military Awards:
    Air Medal & 3 Oak Leaf Clusters

  • Military Highlights:
    Robert was discharged from service on September 1, 1945 and promptly re-signed for the draft as shown on the card itemized below.

    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Robert vanCleve Axford
    Race: White
    Age: 23
    Birth Date: April 23, 1917
    Birth Place: Nebish, Minnesota
    Residence Place: Taconite, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: September 6, 1945
    Employer: Unemployed
    Weight: 186
    Height: 6-1
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Mary Alice Axford, wife, Taconite, Itasca, Minnesota, USA

    Robert Axford spent 5 years of service in the Army Air Corps as a photographer.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Robert Axford died in Taconite, Minnesota and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine, Minnesota (Block 32, Lot 18). He is survived by two brothers, Rodney Axford and Peter Axford; four nephews, Rodney Axford, Jr., Peter Axford, Keith Axford, and Gary Axford; and one niece, Mrs. William (Lynn) Bellefy.

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