Robert N. Rangeley, Second Lt, USArmy AirCorps, WWII:
Bob’s entire career was in service to America. Starting as a young man, he enlisted in the Army AirCorps when he was just 18 years old, in the midst of WWII. His goal from the very beginning was to fly. He quickly rose through the ranks to become a B-25 pilot and Flight Officer. He loved to fly and was the happiest when he was soaring above the clouds. He served at the 14th Air Force Command, 470th AAFBU in Orlando, FL and at the AAFCFTC Command, 2510th AAFBU in Brooksfield, TX. At the end of the war, he transitioned into the Reserve Unit, the AAFETC Command, 2109th AAFBU, 30th Wing, Squadron H At Turner Field, GA. He received a Good Conduct Medal, an American Theater Ribbon and the WWII Victory Medal.
After active duty, he used his GI Bill for college, graduating from Troy State Teacher’s College (Now Troy State University). His career continued as a civil servant, joining the FBI. This career took him through clandestine operations, undercover work, high level military operations, and long term absences from his family. He was a “marksman” on the FBI Swat Team and later became a firearms instructor. He never talked about his work – most of it was classified. The family only knew that he was “chasing the bad guys”. Throughout his career, he received multiple commendations from the Director of the FBI and achieved the rank of Senior Agent in Charge of a Field Office.
After retirement from the FBI, he continued to serve our country at the state/local level. He was instrumental in the start up of the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP) and was its Director in Danville, VA.
Later in life, Bob developed Alzheimer’s Disease. He died January 12,2015. He was an extraordinary man, always putting God, Country, Family as his priorities, in that order. His intuition was incredible and he could almost immediately see the kind of person you were. He was a man of great integrity and honor, with a gentle and kind heart.
Love you and miss you Dad.