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Robert Wilson Abernathy
Robert Wilson Abernathy
Born (1923-03-31)March 31, 1923
Died December 14, 2008(2008-12-14) (aged 85)
Place of birth Pulaski, Tennessee
Place of death Mason City, Iowa
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army Air Forces
Years of service 1942–1945
Rank Captain
Service number 14162048 - Enlisted
O767055 - Officer
Unit 350th Fighter Squadron, 353rd Fighter Group
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Distinguished Flying Cross

Robert Wilson Abernathy (31 March 1923 in Pulaski, Tennessee – 14 December 2008 in Mason City, Iowa) was an American Captain in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Robert was born in Pulaski, Tennessee on 31 March 1923 to Clarence and Minnie Abernathy. He also had three other siblings which were twins.

Military service[edit | edit source]

Robert enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces from Camp Forrest, Tennessee on December 12, 1942 (ASN: 14162048). He later received a battlefield commission (ASN: O-767055) while serving with the 350th Fighter Squadron, 353rd Fighter Group. He scored a total of five victories in aerial combat. He was discharged on November 25, 1945. A replica of his plane hangs in the "Sullivan Brothers" Grout Museum in Waterloo, Indiana.

Later life[edit | edit source]

He worked for Bell Telephone Company as an installer for 35 years. He was active in Barbershoppers and was a singer and active in his church, the 5th Street Church of Christ. He was an avid gardener and baseball enthusiast. He was very generous with friends and neighbors and will be known for his southern accent and friendliness.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

In 1946 he married the former Julia Bulie Orton. She died in 1985. They had 2 children which were Carol and Diane.

Death[edit | edit source]

He was interned at the Willow Pointe Senior Living center in Mason City in Iowa where he died on December 14, 2008. He was buried in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Mason City.

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