In a 1944 Nashville, TN, directory, he is shown to be in the USAAF and resided at 517 Chesterfield Ave., Nashville, TN, and resided with mother and his father, who is manager of W.A. Case & Son Manufacturing (same information in the 1954 directory).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the C-47 Skytrain. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 5 October 1945 a C-47B, # 43-49646, assigned 10th Air Force, 69th Composite Group, 328th Troop Carrier Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield on a flight to Hankow, China. It crashed enroute and all were killed. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

 

On 6 August 1918, his father, listed as a factory worker, was inducted into the U.S. Army and ordered to report to the Alabama Polytechnic Institute for training.

VAN GORDON, ROBERT FRANKLIN, Staff Sergeant, # 37469144, USAAF

 

Robert F. Van Gordon was born on 21 September 1921 in Nunn, Colorado, to Drue Burley Van Gordon (1889-1971) and Corda Hance (Kirkpatrick) Van Gordon (1894-1990). Siblings were Ellen Dell (Van Gordon) Pfister (1917-2012), Bruce Burley Van Gordon (1920-1987), Donald A. Van Gordon (1924-1997), Glenn Alva Van Gordon (1926-1991), and Claude DeWayne Van Gordon (1930-2017).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 14 February 1942, resided at 2103 J St., South Omaha, Douglas Co., NE, and described himself as 5’6 ½”, 140 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained and was a passenger on the C-47 Skytrain. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 5 October 1945 a C-47B, # 43-49646, assigned 10th Air Force, 69th Composite Group, 328th Troop Carrier Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield on a flight to Hankow, China. It crashed enroute and all were killed. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

 

His brother, Donald A. Van Gordon, born 25 September 1924, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, from mid-1950, Private First Class, # 1107227, in 1951 with the 3rd Infantry, Camp Pendleton, San Diego, CA. He died 26 November 1997 and is buried in the Lane memorial Gardens, Eugene, Lane Co., Oregon.

 

His brother, Bruce B. Van Gordon, born 8 January 1920, served in the U.S. Army, Technician 5th grade, during WWII. He died 23 May 1987 and is buried in the Live Oak Memorial Park, Monrovia, Los Angeles Co., California.