Frederick Robling Jr.

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Frederick Joseph Robling Jr.

1929 - 2014 WESTMINSTER Frederick Joseph Robling Jr., 85, of Westminster, passed away in his home on July 18, 2014. He was the loving husband of Mary P. (Fiorillo) Robling for 63 years and a longtime resident. The only son of Frederick Sr. and Glady (Ward) Robling, Fred was born March 1, 1929 in Bridgeport, Conn. Raised in Fairfield, Conn., he volunteered for the Town Guard during World War II. He tried to enlist in the Army, Navy, and Merchant Marines, but was too young - his mother not sign because his father (Navy) and uncle had been torpedoed (they survived) in the North Atlantic during World War I. Fred happily enlisted in the Army on his 18th birthday. After receiving basic training at Fort Dix, N.J., he was assigned to Ladd Air Force Base, Fairbanks, Alaska, to serve with the 537th Engineer Battalion. He learned to operate heavy construction and bridge building equipment. During his spare time, he studied photography and was reassigned to the Ground Safety Office. His duties were to photograph post hazards, including hundreds of winter truck accidents. He liked his job greatly, thus received a promotion to Corporal. Fred extended his enlistment to attend Signal School in Fort Monmouth, N.J., for advanced training as a photo lab technician. He studied all phases of photography, including stills, motion pictures and aerials. During this period, he married Mary Fiorillo of Westport, Conn., with whom he had corresponded while stationed in Alaska. After a short Quebec honeymoon, he traveld to Sasebo, Japan, where he proudly accepted a photographer role with the famous 1st Calvary Divison, 13th Signal Company. The Korean War had begun. In Korea, Fred snapped many photos and 35 mm films, but mostly he took intelligence gathering aerials. After being promoted to Sergeant 1st Class, he traveled to Camp Crawford in Hokkaido, Japan, where he received the Air medal and Korean service medals with three stars: United Nations, Good Conduct and National Defense. After his 1952 discharge, Fred resided in Westport. He worked for the US Postal Service for 32 years. He retied in 1985 and then settled in Westminster. He was a life member of the VFW Post 8702, Korean War Veterans Association, 1st Calvary Division Association, Alfred E. Smith Post Catholic War Veterans, Council 755 Knights of Columbus, and a member of Post 37 American Legion. He was also an honorary life member of the Westport Volunteer Fire Department and a Westminster Cares longtime board member. Fred achieved VFW Post Commander and District Commander. He also served as Aide-de-Camp, National Deputy Chief of Staff, and Quartermaster. Fred enjoyed photography, woodworking, walks with his golden retriever, Trapper, but mostly spending his time with his visiting grandchildren. Fred always said that he had met a lot of friends in this area (Westminster), but never a person he didn't like. Besides his wife, Mary, Fred leaves behind sons, Richard Robling of Raleigh, N.C., Frederick Robling III of Westminster, and Marc Robling of Southington, Conn.; daughters, Jo-Ann Robling of Sandy Hook, Conn., and Mary Alice Robling of Milford, Conn., and sisters, Alice Robling and Mary Ann Carroll. In lieu of flowers, donations in Fred's memory may be made to Westminster Cares, PO BOx 312, Westminster, VT 05158.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Aug. 9, 2014
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