Rector, Raymond, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Air Defense Artillery
Last Primary MOS
601-Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Crewman
Last MOS Group
Air Defense Artillery (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 601, 102nd Infantry Division
Service Years
1943 - 1946

Private First Class

One Service Stripe

Three Overseas Service Bars

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Home Town
Last Address
19 Hammond Street
Rockville CT 06066

Date of Passing
Jan 06, 2014
Location of Interment
Pleasant Hill Cemetery - Freedom, Maine
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Not Specified

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Honorably Discharged WW II

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Raymond Edward "Ray" Rector, age 92, of Rockville, Connecticut, beloved husband of 31 years to Shirley Gates Rector passed into the hands of the Lord on 6 January 2014, at Windsor, Connecticut. Ray was born on 26 August 1921, in Cedar Springs, Michigan to the late Orrin Tefft and Mabel Augusta Lowing Rector. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as part of the anti-artillery service in Germany, he then married Mae Robinson of South Carolina with whom he had three sons; Kenneth, Jack and Ronnie presently residing in South Carolina. Besides his children he is also survived by his six grandchildren; Geoff Rector of Wolcott, Sharon Welehorsky of Naugatuck, Ashley Lalus of Freedom, Maine, Christina Renzullo of Torrington, Matthew and Jason Rector of South Carolina as well as ten great-grandchildren. Besides his parents he was predeceased by four brothers and five sisters. Ray was a quiet man devoted to his "entire" family including his nieces and nephews in Michigan, New Jersey, and Florida. Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family on Thursday, 9 January 2014 from 4 - 7 pm at The Small & Pietras Funeral Home, 65 Elm Street, Rockville, Connecticut. Burial will be private with full military honors some time in May 2014, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Waldo County, Freedom, Maine. 
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Uncle Ray E. Rector (service number 36464461), entered the Army on 11 May 1943, at Kalamzoo, Michigan.  He was assigned to 2nd Platoon, B Battery, 556th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion (Mobile), XVIII Corps, Ninth Army.  The platoon had four gun sections #5, 6, 7, and 8.  Uncle Ray was in section #7.  Each gun section had a M1 40mm Bofors Automatic Gun and a M51 Quad .50-caliber machine gun.

The 556th AAA AW BN (Mobile) was organized on 20 March 1943.  They were stated at Camp Jackson, South Carolina in the summer of 1944.  The Battalion arrived the in European Theater of Operations around mid-September 1944.   The 556th saw it first significance combat action during the New Years Day 1945 raids.  The Battalion went on to distinguish itself in the protection of the Ninth Army’s Rhine River crossing.  In November of 1945, uncle Ray returned to the United States for dischare.

Raymond Edward "Ray" Rector is my maternal uncle.  This remembrance profile is maintain by Mike R. Vining, SGM USA (Retired), email:  sgmmvining@gmail
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556th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion102nd Infantry Division
  1943-1945, 601, 556th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion
  1944-1944, 601, 102nd Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1943-1945 World War II
  1944-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of the Bulge1
  1944-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1945-1945 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
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  Jan 22, 2014, General Photos
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