Pottawattamie County

Ensign Robert L. Welty


Ensign Welty Killed

Ensign Robert L. Welty, 21, was killed in action in the south Pacific, according to navy department word received by his wife, Mrs. Nancy Langdon Welty, 4960 Military avenue.

A graduate of North high school, he attended the University of Omaha where he was affiliated with Theta Phi Delta Fraternity. He entered the navy in March, 1943, and had been serving as a fighter pilot with an aircraft carrier for six months.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. Welty; a brother, Arthur F., Omaha; and a sister, Lieut. (j.g.) Elizabeth L., WAVE, of Anacosta, Md.

Source: The Council Bluffs Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Friday, May 18, 1945, p. 5

Rites Set for Ensign R.L. Welty

The body of Ensign Robert L. Welty, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. Welty of route 1, is being returned here for burial Friday.

Ensign Welty was killed in action May 14, 1945, on a mission over Kyushu, Japan. He was a pilot stationed aboard an aircraft carrier in the Pacific.

A graduate of North high school, Welty attended Omaha university for one year and was attending the University of Nebraska at the time of his enlistment in November, 1942. He went overseas in March, 1944, and was overseas six months before he lost his life.

He was married in July, 1944 to Miss Nancy Langdon, Omaha.

He held the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Survivors include his widow, Nancy; a three-year-old daughter, Roberta Lee; a brother, Arthur F.; and a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Mayer, all of Omaha.

Private funeral services will be held Friday at 10:30 a. m. at the Swanson funeral home in Omaha, followed by committal services at the grave in Cedar Lawn cemetery. The family requests no flowers.

Source: The Council Bluffs Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Wednesday, May 09, 1949, Page 7