May 14, 1942
Flagler County has 74 men in the various branches of the armed forces at this time ..... the list up to date is as follows.... ROBERT RICHARD BENSON
March 30, 1944
A letter from Lt. ROBERT R BENSON requesting we send The Tribune to him, which we will do. Robert said, "So far since being in this time I have been stationed at four posts: St. Petersburg, Fla., Chanute Field, Ill., Lincoln, Neb, and now Buckley Field, Colo. For a long time I was in Mississippi and other administration. Since I have been here I have been supply officer for an overseas shipping squadron. I have been wondering where the other fellows are and what they are doing. I hear Biddy Biddle is still flying planes in Africa. I hope I will be overseas before much longer as I would like to help get this over with." (Thanks for your letter Robert. Write again. Incidentally, Biddie was in England and Africa in a TC Squadron for 15 months. Had pneumonia. Shipped back to States. And after siege in hospitals, was assigned to ferry command in Dallas, Tex)
June 22, 1944
Lt. ROBERT BENSON of Buckley Field, Colorado, was here a few minutes last week. He is transportation officer there.
August 10, 1944
Public relations at Buckley Field, Colo. tells us that "First Lieut. ROBERT R. BENSON, who attended Bunnell high school, was recently promoted to the grade of captain, as announced this week by Col. E. W. Raley, commanding officer of Buckley Field. "The son of Mr. and Mrs. George. R. Benson of Hawthorne, the 29 year-old captain is assistant base mess officer at the army air forces training command installation there."
"Capt. Benson and his wife, the former Miss Frances Herrington of Americus, Ga., reside at 754 Dexter street in Denver, Colo."
August 31, 1944
Capt. ROBERT BENSON, with the army at Buckley Field, Colo., is the proud papa of a baby daughter.
April 19, 1945
Here's a letter from Capt. BOB BENSON, still out at Denver, Colo. Bob writes:
"After seeing all of those good letters in the paper from fellows from Flagler county who are overseas I decided to drop you a line also. The only reason I am not overseas is because my superiors have not released me. We understand all of us will go sooner or later. It will probably be my luck to catch the army of occupation.
At present I am on the staff of the commanding general, army air forces, western technical training command, as command food service supervisor. I enjoy my work very much, although it entails quite a bit of traveling. Our command consists of 14 installations from Keesler Field, Miss., to a factory school at Boeing Aircraft, Seattle, Wash.
I am still stationed here in Denver. If I can't be in Florida, I will take Colorado. My office is in a downtown office building and we have a beautiful view of the Rockies right out of our ninth story window.
I get the paper practically every week and enjoy reading about old friends. Please note correct address."
September 27, 1945
Capt. ROBERT R. BENSON, son of Mr. and Mrs. George R. Benson of Hawthorne, has been relieved of his assignment as food service supervisor of the AAF Western Technical Training Command Headquarters in Denver, Colo., and is being transferred for similar duties with the 20th Air Force in Guam, it has been announced by the army public relations officer at Denver.
Captain Benson is a graduate of the University of Florida where he was commissioned in the reserves in 1936. He was called to active duty in August, 1942.
He has served at St. Petersburg, Fla. Lincoln, Nebraska, and at Buckley Field, Colo., before being transferred to WTTC headquarters at Denver last December.