Robert Franklin Harrold 4
- Born: Jun 30, 1917, Ridgefarm, Illinois
- Marriage: Anna Belle Turner in 1941 3
- Died: Jul 23, 1949, Olney, Illinois Sanitarium at age 32
Robert Harrold was a "regular guy". From all accounts he worked hard, and did what was right for his family, friends, and country.
He was a fine athlete. In high school he played football, basketball, and was on the track team. Some say he could have played in college or the professional leagues.
World War II called him to France. In the war, he received a Bronze Star for his acts of courage. He put his life on the line for the men he fought beside, and for his country. When he returned from Europe he worked for the Sugar Creek Creamery as a salesman.
Robert's life was cut short in 1949. He died within a week from Polio.
Just a "regular guy"? Probably not. Robert lived so much life in such a short time: from Vermilion County, Illinois to the frontlines of World War II. Robert did what he could for those around him, and his death at the age of 32 from Polio surely left his friends and family asking, "why?"
Robert married Anna Belle Turner, daughter of Thomas Everett Turner and Mary Alice Hilliard, in 1941.3 (Anna Belle Turner was born on Jul 21, 1923 in Danville, Illinois.)