STAFF SERGEANT ROBERT C. REDDING was born in New Jersey on March 16, 1921 to Charles and Evelyn Redding. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather had all served in the armed forces of the United States. By 1930 his mother had re-married, to Albert J. Cooper, who worked as a lather in building construction. The family lived on the Good Intent-Woodbury Road in Deptford Township NJ. Robert Redding graduated from Pitman High School in neighboring Pitman NJ. His mother remarried again at some point after the 1930 census, and in the early 1940s lived at 416 Taylor Avenue in Camden prior to entering the service. Robert Redding had worked for the R.M. Hollingshead Corporation in Camden NJ before his induction into the Army.
After entering the United States Army in September of 1942, Robert Redding qualified for flight training, and received schooling at Miami Beach FL and Walla Walla WA before going overseas. After completing 25 missions, his plane was reported as missing in action on October 8, 1943 on a mission against Bre4men. His body was not recovered until after the war had ended. He was awarded the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster in absentia in January of 1944. The medal was awarded to his mother at New Castle Army Air Force Base at Wilmington DE.
Robert Redding was brought home after the war, and he was buried at Beverly National Cemetery on July 19, 1950. He was survived by his mother Mrs. Evelyn A. MacDonald, of 416 Taylor Avenue, Camden NJ, half brother William, and three half-sisters, Caroline, Evelyn, and Betty Jane. His death was reported in the October 30, 1943 edition of the Camden Courier-Post.
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