This January 7, 1943, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 1:
Mrs. Frank Koonce, Sr., received a telegram from her son, Pvt. Robert Koonce, stationed in North Africa, wishing her a merry Christmas and happy new year. This is the first news she has had from him since October.
The following February 11, 1943, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2 column 2:
Pfc. Robert Koonce, somewhere overseas, writes that he is getting along fine. His mother received two letters from him, one dated Nov. 25 and the other Dec. 5.
A March 11, 1943, Lowell Tribune article (page 6, column 3) about the Koonce brothers mentioned "Robert, who is a Commando, says he is enjoying his work."
The following April 22, 1943, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 2:
Pfc. Robert Koonce Writes
Mrs. Frank Koonce, Sr., received word from her son, Pfc. Robert Koonce who is stationed in Africa with an Engineer company that he is still feeling fine and getting along nicely.
This January 6, 1944, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 5, column 3:
Pvt. Robert Koonce of Fletcher General hospital, Cambridge, Ohio, and Pvt. Alfred Koonce of Camp Cooke, Calif., attended funeral services for their brother, Frank, here last Thursday.
This February 24, 1944, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 1:
Pvt. Robert Koonce, wounded veteran of the Italian campaign, who since his return to the United States a few months ago has been in New York and Ohio veterans' hospitals, is now home on a 30 day leave from Percy Jones hospital at Battle Creek, Mich. Pvt. Koonce is making rapid progress toward recovery from his serious wounds.
The following March 23, 1944, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 1:
Pvt. Robert Koonce, who has been convalescing at a Battle Creek, Mich., hospital, writes his mother that he will be permitted to work in the mills there for four months but will continue to stay at the hospital when not working. Robert, a veteran of the Italian campaign, lost a hand as the result of a severe wound, but now has an artificial one to replace it. He is also recovering from other wounds received at the same time.
The following article from the Lowell Tribune (Feb. 3, 1993) can be found in the Local History Files at Lowell Public Library (LH--Vital Statistics, vol. 4, page 3):
Robert S. Koonce, age 75, of Lake Village, formerly of Lowell, passed away Mon., Jan. 25, 1993. He is survived by his wife, Hila Koonce; one daughter, Velma Koonce of Ft. Worth, Tex.; three sons, Robert R. (Cheryl) Koonce and Jack L. (Debra) Koonce, both of Crown Point, and Richard G. (Kathy) Koonce of Lake Village; 14 grandchildren; one brother, five sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. Jan 28 at Sheets Funeral Home, Lowell, with Pastor Larry Fugett officiating. Interment followed at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens in Schererville. Robert Koonce was a veteran of World War II and had retired from BMI.