Robert L. Elwell – Colonel, United States Air Force



Robert L. Elwell, age 84, a Retired Air Force Colonel and Command Pilot, a native of Ohio and a veteran of World War II, died December 15, 2001. Elizabeth Green Elwell, age 82, a native of Toledo, Ohio and loving wife of 59-1/2 years to Colonel Elwell joined her husband on December 22, 2001.

Colonel and Mrs. Elwell resided at Sunrise Assisted Living of East Cobb in Marietta, Georgia, and were residents of Falls, Church, Virginia from 1970 to 2000.

Mrs. Elwell was a graduate of Libby High School in Toledo. She also attended
business school prior to her marriage to Colonel Elwell.

Colonel Elwell was commissioned in September 1941 after completing pilot training. He was a graduate of Ohio State University, the Department of Defense Armed Forces Staff College and the United States Air Force Command and Staff School. He served as a pilot delivering military aircraft during World War II to Europe, North Africa, India, and Alaska and ended his World War II service while participating in Hump Operations in the China, Burma, India, (CBI) theater.

After 1945 he served for 1-1/2 years as an air traffic controller with the CAA (now FAA) until he accepted a regular commission with the United States Air Force in 1947. Assignments took him to Paris, France, the Pentagon, and Albuquerque,  New Mexico. He concluded his military service at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio where he retired in 1970.

Military decorations included the Legion of Merit, Air Medal, USAF, and U.S. Army Commendation Medals and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Medal. He also received in 1947, the China War Memorial Medal for service in the CBI in
support of China's war effort.

Colonel and Mrs. Elwell are survived by their son, Dr. Robert L. Elwell, Jr. of Covington, Georgia and daughter, Julie K. Allnut of Marietta, Georgia, five grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren also survive.

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