Summary

Jule (Juke) Steunenberg died over the Pacific on July 20, 1946 in an accident involving two B-17's such as the one pictured below. He was one of the six children of Julian and Francis Steunenberg. The others are my mother Brenda, Uncle Cal (both living at age 90 and 95 respectively), (update--we lost both Cal and my mom a year or so after this was posted), Uncle Bud, Aunt Doris and John (died in infancy). Of course all were great grandchildren of Frank and Belle Steunenberg. Frank, having been assassinated on December 30th, 1905, never had the opportunity to see them.

Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army Air Forces 1
Rank:
Staff Sergeant 1
Birth:
28 Oct 1914 1
Parma, Idaho 1
Death:
20 Jul 1946 1
Coiba Island Republic of Panama 1
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Birth:
28 Oct 1914 1
Parma, Idaho 1
Male 1
Death:
20 Jul 1946 1
Coiba Island Republic of Panama 1
Cause: Air collision of two B-17's. 1
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Birth:
Mother: Frances Steunenberg 1
Father: Julian Steunenberg 1
Marriage:
Virginia Clark 1
01 Mar 1942 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army Air Forces 1
Rank:
Staff Sergeant 1

World War II 1

Branch:
Army Air Forces 1
Rank:
Staff Sergeant 1

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Seaching for Missing Planes

Panama

Jule had already served five years in the Army Air Corp during WWII. On the day of his death, two B-17's were patrolling in search of missing planes and investigating the possible sighting of a life raft when this tragic accident occurred. Twenty crew members died.

"They were so good to little sister Brenda."

Jule's dog tags
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Written by my mother Brenda Steunenberg Richards on the back of the above picture of Jule: "Brenda's brother Jule (Juke) youngest of my 3 brothers. "They were so good to little sister Brenda."

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