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Robert Eugene Becker


Robert E. Becker, 1943

Recent Address:

14020 Dauphin Island Parkway, Coden, AL 36523-2912

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Family Information:

Parents: Franklin and Gerouldine; Wife: Joan; Children: Jamie Ann, R. Jason (deceased 12/90); Sibling: G. Virginia

Hometown:

Hornell, NY

Date Entered Service:

September 30, 1942

Service Number:

12170068

Bomb Group:

468th

Squadron:

792nd

Location of Unit:

Smoky Hill AAF, Salina, KS (October, 1943)

Missions Flown:

24

Hump Missions Flown:

3

Targets:

Palembang, Sumatra from India as Senior Gunner, rest of missions flown from West Field, Tinian to end of war as tail gunner.

Awards/Decorations:

Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Unit Citation with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal with 7 campaign Stars

Service Schools Attended:

Aircraft Armorers (Bombardment) Jun 1943;
75mm Aircraft Cannon Jun 1943;
General Electric Fire Control Systems Oct 1943

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 580-Remote Control Turret Machine Gunner

Rank Upon Discharge:

T/Sgt

Crew Type:

Flight crew and Ground crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-24879 Ready Betty. Worked on line with Lew Dawson's crew - India.

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:

October 13, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Went to school on GI Bill: Alfred University in Alfred, NY -- B.S. in 1949;
Kansas University in Lawrence, KS -- M.A. in 1953.
Microbiologist -- Retired from Food & Drug Administration, Dauphin Island, AL in 1987. Worked in Kansas, Iowa, Alaska, Texas and Alabama.

Comments:

Mr. Becker passed away December 19th 2008.

 


Bob Becker and "Shoes," Tinian, 1945

 


Commander Robert Becker, Baton Rouge, LA, 1998

 


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