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Elmer Rasmuson: A Life of Service

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"One of the greatest blessings in my life was my marriage to Lile..." (Cole and Rasmuson, Vol. 2, 36).

On 27 October 1939, Elmer Rasmuson married Lile Vivian Bernard. Lile and Elmer had three children: Edward Bernard, Lile Muchmore, and Judy Ann. In addition to being a mother and housewife, Lile was also active in community affairs such as the Boy and Girl Scouts. Lile, Elmer and the three children led a joyous life together. On 30 April 1960, however, Lile died after a long battle with cancer.

"My life with [Mary Louise] has been full of unexpected adventure" (Cole and Rasmuson, Vol. 2, 42).

Late in 1960, EER met Colonel Mary Louise Milligan, Director of the Women's Army Corps, at an annual conference for Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army. Elmer, still shaken by Lile's death, probably didn't expect to marry again. Romance blossomed, however, and Mary Louise and Elmer were married on 4 November 1961. Mary Louise retired from the military in July 1962 after twenty years of service and the couple forged their new life together.

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