Robert Eugene Becker

Robert E. Becker, 1943
Robert E. Becker, 1943
Recent Address: 14020 Dauphin Island Parkway, Coden, AL 36523-2912
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Family Info: 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: 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: 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: Aircraft Armorers (Bombardment) Jun 1943; 75mm Aircraft Cannon Jun 1943; General Electric Fire Control Systems Oct 1943
MOS: 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.
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Date Discharged: October 13, 1945
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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.
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Comments: Mr. Becker passed away December 19th 2008 and is buried at Arkport Heritage Hill Cemetery in Arkport, NY
Bob Becker and
Bob Becker and 'Shoes,' Tinian, 1945
Commander Robert Becker, Baton Rouge, LA, 1998
Commander Robert Becker, Baton Rouge, LA, 1998

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