Undated, unidentified clipping in a scrapbook at the Saranac Lake Veteran's Club.Undated, unidentified clipping in a scrapbook at the Saranac Lake Veteran's Club.Born: June 3, 1922

Died: March 26, 1945

Robert W. McCrum was born in Saranac Lake, the son of D. S. McCrum. He was a World War II veteran, killed in action.

He had attended the Baldwin School, and graduated from Saranac Lake High School in 1939. He was an outstanding swimmer and skier; he served as captain of the Amherst College ski team in 1940.  The McCrums lived at 174 Park Avenue.


Adirondack Daily Enterprise, October 18, 1948

PRIVATE RITES TOMORROW FOR CPL. R. MCCRUM

The remains of Cpl. Robert Wells McCrum, son of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas S. McCrum of 174 Park avenue, which arrived in this country from France aboard the Army Transport Carroll Victory, reached Oneonta today.

Private committal services will be held at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning at the Riverside cemetery in that city. The Rev. Mr. Van Ess of St. James Episcopal church will officiate.

Cpl. McCrum was born in Saranac Lake on June 3, 1922. He was killed in action in the European theater on March 26, 1945 while serving with the Armed Forces.

Surviving besides his parents are his grandmother. Mrs. H. K. Wells; his aunts and uncles. Mr. and Mrs. Willard Wells, of Oneonta, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Wells of Batavia and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Mills of Tucson, Ariz., and two cousins, Willard K. Wells of Youngstown, O., and Eltinge Wells of Talcottville, Conn.

The family has requested that no flowers be sent.


Adirondack Daily Enterprise, June 4, 2005

You Know What... ?

By Howard Riley

…Two days after receiving a telegram reporting him seriously wounded, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas S. McCrum of 174 Park Avenue were notified that their son, Cpl. Robert Wells McCrum had died from wounds sustained in action." Cpl. McCrum, 22, was serving with the 87th Division of Gen. George Patton's Third Army. He was in his third year at Amherst College, had attended the Baldwin School here and graduated from Saranac Lake High School in 1939. He was an outstanding skier and swimmer.

He first volunteered as an ambulance driver with the American Field Service and served one year with Gen. Montgomery's Eighth Army during the North African campaign. For his service with the British Middle East Forces he was awarded the "African Star" by King George of England. He was killed in April, 1945…

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