Robert Paul Ranges
Robert Ranges was born in New Jersey to Esther and John Ranges on 2/5/1919. He had two brothers and a sister. The family lived in Teaneck for many years. Robert’s father was Clerk of the Teaneck Board of Education.
Robert graduated from Teaneck High School in 1936. He is described in his Yearbook as being fearless and congenial. He played on the High School Football team. His ambition was to become an aviator.
After graduation from high school Robert attended Paterson State Teacher’s College. He also was employed as a laboratory worker in Fairlawn, NJ.
Robert enlisted in the Armed Forces on 11/3/41 and was accepted for aviation flight training. He was commissioned as a Flight Officer in the 14th Battalion Troop Carrier Transport Division in Texas.
Flight Officer Ranges was sent overseas and served with the Southwest Pacific 374th Troop Carrier Group, 33rd Squadron. He flew transport planes in New Guinea and Australia.
On 5/12/43 Flight Officer Ranges was killed by enemy shellfire while engaged in aerial combat in the Southwest Pacific area. Shortly before his parents received notice of his death, they received a letter from their son indicating that he was made 33 combat flights in a short period of time and that he was told that he was in line for the Distinguished Service Cross.
This fearless Flight Officer was awarded the Purple Heart Medal and is buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii.
High School Yearbook
Te-Hi News (Teaneck High School Newspaper)
- 1920 United States Federal Census
- 1930 United States Federal Census
- 1940 United States Federal Census for Robert P. Ranges
- U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
- WWI, WWII, and Korean War Casualty Listings
- U. S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962 for Robert P. Ranges
- U. S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006
- Honolulu, Hawaii, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), 1941-2011 for Robert P. Ranges
fold3.com (Historical Military Records)
National World War II Memorial, Wash., D.C. Website
Find A Grave Website