Robert F. Decker graduated from the State College for Teachers
in 1938. In August 1941, he was commission into the Navy Reserves,
following completion of a government-sponsored graduate course in
meteorology at the Guggenheim School of Aeronautics in New York
City. From September to December 1941, he received Navy Indoctrination
at NAS in Lakehurst, NJ.
His training complete, he was first stationed at NAS Argentia,
Newfoundland, where he served as Aerological Officer, performing
weather forecasting for anti-submarine air patrols in the North-west
Atlantic. In October 1942 he was reassigned to the Northern Group
Eastern Sea Frontier and sent to the 1st Naval Headquarters in Boston,
where he forecast the weather for air and sea anti-sub patrols off
the New England coast until November 1944.
In December 1944, he was assigned to Naval Air Transport Command
Pacific, based at NAS Hawaii, and NATS Detachment at Kwajalein,
Marshall Islands. He remained there until November 1945, when he
returned to inactive service and went home.
He served in the Navy Reserves for 20 years, retiring as Commander,
USNR in September 1961.