Category Archives: Boys of Red Bank

by Paul Sniffen

Overseas 22 Months

paul_sniffen_120“The Boys of Red Bank” – excerpts from the (now defunct) Red Bank Register is a series by Paul Sniffen a U.S. Navy veteran and 5th generation Red Banker.

July 6, 1944

Overseas 22 Months

CPL Herbert VanBrackle of Brown Place has returned to the Army replacement center at Atlantic City after a 21 day furlough. CPL VanBrackle was overseas for 22 months and saw service in England, participated in the invasion of North Africa, and in the Fall of 1943 went to Sardinia. His group received four Presidential citations for accuracy in bombing in their various campaigns.

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US Navy battlewagon fires big guns broadside

Overseas 22 Months

paul_sniffen_120“The Boys of Red Bank” – excerpts from the (now defunct) Red Bank Register is a series by Paul Sniffen a U.S. Navy veteran and 5th generation Red Banker.

July 6, 1944

Overseas 22 Months

CPL Herbert VanBrackle of Brown Place has returned to the Army replacement center at Atlantic City after a 21 day furlough. CPL VanBrackle was overseas for 22 months and saw service in England, participated in the invasion of North Africa, and in the Fall of 1943 went to Sardinia. His group received four Presidential citations for accuracy in bombing in their various campaigns.

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US Navy battlewagon fires big guns broadside

Curchin Wins Silver Wings

paul_sniffen_120“The Boys of Red Bank” – excerpts from the (now defunct) Red Bank Register is a series by Paul Sniffen a U.S. Navy veteran and 5th generation Red Banker.

July 6, 1944

Wins Silver Wings

Lt Kenneth H. Curchin

Kenneth Hayden Curchin, son of Mrs and Mrs Alonzo S. Curchin of 343 Branch Ave Little Silver received his silver wings Monday when he was graduated as 2nd LT from the advanced two engine pilot school Pecos Texas Army field.. LT Curchin a graduate of Red Bank High School received his basic flying training at the Merced California Army field.

Curchin Wins Silver Wings

paul_sniffen_120“The Boys of Red Bank” – excerpts from the (now defunct) Red Bank Register is a series by Paul Sniffen a U.S. Navy veteran and 5th generation Red Banker.

July 6, 1944

Wins Silver Wings

Lt Kenneth H. Curchin

Kenneth Hayden Curchin, son of Mrs and Mrs Alonzo S. Curchin of 343 Branch Ave Little Silver received his silver wings Monday when he was graduated as 2nd LT from the advanced two engine pilot school Pecos Texas Army field.. LT Curchin a graduate of Red Bank High School received his basic flying training at the Merced California Army field.

Receive Silver Wings

paul_sniffen_120“The Boys of Red Bank” – excerpts from the (now defunct) Red Bank Register is a series by Paul Sniffen a U.S. Navy veteran and 5th generation Red Banker.

July 6, 1944

Receive Silver Wings

George Moorhead Ruddy, 21, son of Mr and Mrs G. M. Ruddy, of Little Silver, and William Fred Bodtmann, 21, son of Mr and Mrs W. H. Bodtmann, of Belford,  received the silver wings of the Army Air Force pilots, and were sworn in as 2nd LT last week at Napler Field Alabama. Napler Field is an advanced single engine training school of the AAF training command.

Lt Ruddy is a graduate of Red Bank High School, where he was member of the football and hockey teams. Later he attended Monmouth Junior College. At the time he entered the service he was employed by Curtis and Tilius , New York City.   Lt Bodtmann is a graduate of Leonardo high School and previous to acceptance for aviation cadet training was employed as a technical assistant with the Bell Telephone Laboratories.

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US Navy battleship armada

Receive Silver Wings

paul_sniffen_120“The Boys of Red Bank” – excerpts from the (now defunct) Red Bank Register is a series by Paul Sniffen a U.S. Navy veteran and 5th generation Red Banker.

July 6, 1944

Receive Silver Wings

George Moorhead Ruddy, 21, son of Mr and Mrs G. M. Ruddy, of Little Silver, and William Fred Bodtmann, 21, son of Mr and Mrs W. H. Bodtmann, of Belford,  received the silver wings of the Army Air Force pilots, and were sworn in as 2nd LT last week at Napler Field Alabama. Napler Field is an advanced single engine training school of the AAF training command.

Lt Ruddy is a graduate of Red Bank High School, where he was member of the football and hockey teams. Later he attended Monmouth Junior College. At the time he entered the service he was employed by Curtis and Tilius , New York City.   Lt Bodtmann is a graduate of Leonardo high School and previous to acceptance for aviation cadet training was employed as a technical assistant with the Bell Telephone Laboratories.

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US Navy battleship armada

Good Conduct Medal for Red Bank Man

paul_sniffen_120“The Boys of Red Bank” – excerpts from the (now defunct) Red Bank Register is a series by Paul Sniffen a U.S. Navy veteran and 5th generation Red Banker.

July 6, 1944

Good Conduct Medal for Red Bank Man 

Heaquarters 12th Fighter command. Award of the army good conduct medal has been made to SGT William D. Rapp of Red Bank, who is serving with an emergency rescue squadron assigned to the Mediterranean Armed Forces. 

SGT Rapp, who is an administrative clerk, has only been overseas with his unit for few months , but his squadron has been very active in its sweeps of the MEDITERANEAN for downed aircraft crews, both allied and enemy.  One flight the squadron scored  a spectacular rescue on was their very first mission when they rescued and Australian pilot in rough seas with only 200 feet of clearance between the water and the clouds.  Sgt Rapps sister, Mrs William Hancock lives on Newman Springs road.

paratroopers

Good Conduct Medal for Red Bank Man

paul_sniffen_120“The Boys of Red Bank” – excerpts from the (now defunct) Red Bank Register is a series by Paul Sniffen a U.S. Navy veteran and 5th generation Red Banker.

July 6, 1944

Good Conduct Medal for Red Bank Man 

Heaquarters 12th Fighter command. Award of the army good conduct medal has been made to SGT William D. Rapp of Red Bank, who is serving with an emergency rescue squadron assigned to the Mediterranean Armed Forces. 

SGT Rapp, who is an administrative clerk, has only been overseas with his unit for few months , but his squadron has been very active in its sweeps of the MEDITERANEAN for downed aircraft crews, both allied and enemy.  One flight the squadron scored  a spectacular rescue on was their very first mission when they rescued and Australian pilot in rough seas with only 200 feet of clearance between the water and the clouds.  Sgt Rapps sister, Mrs William Hancock lives on Newman Springs road.

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Win Liaison Pilots Wings

paul_sniffen_120“The Boys of Red Bank” – excerpts from the (now defunct) Red Bank Register is a series by Paul Sniffen a U.S. Navy veteran and 5th generation Red Banker.

June 22, 1944

Win Liaison Pilots Wings

Graduated last week from the Army Air force liaison training school at Pittsburg Kansas, 2nd Lt Peter J. Lang, son of Mrs Nora Lang of Fair Haven, 2nd Lt James E. Alvator son of Mrs John C.  Alvator of Waverly Place,have received the wings of  liaison pilots. Both will be stationed at the field artillery school at Fort Sill Oklahoma for advanced training in piloting the grasshopper observation planes.

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Sailors boarding their carrier

Win Liaison Pilots Wings

paul_sniffen_120“The Boys of Red Bank” – excerpts from the (now defunct) Red Bank Register is a series by Paul Sniffen a U.S. Navy veteran and 5th generation Red Banker.

June 22, 1944

Win Liaison Pilots Wings

Graduated last week from the Army Air force liaison training school at Pittsburg Kansas, 2nd Lt Peter J. Lang, son of Mrs Nora Lang of Fair Haven, 2nd Lt James E. Alvator son of Mrs John C.  Alvator of Waverly Place,have received the wings of  liaison pilots. Both will be stationed at the field artillery school at Fort Sill Oklahoma for advanced training in piloting the grasshopper observation planes.

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Sailors boarding their carrier