Robert Alvin Kammeyer was born February 14th, 1923 in Concordia, Missouri to Alvin and Edna Schelp Kammeyer. In 1943 he decided to enlist in the United States Army Air Force (USAAF), and after basic training in Missouri, and flight training in Texas was assigned to Nadzab, New Guinea in 1944 as a combat fighter pilot. There he received transition training on the P-51 Mustang, and flew missions in support of Australian ground combat operations.

In 1945 he was transferred to the 39th Fighter Squadron at Luzon, the Philippines. There he flew ground combat support missions, until his unit was transferred to Okinawa in July of 1945. In Okinawa his unit escorted bombers and performed fighter sweeps over the Japanese Home Islands. After the Allied victory over Japan, Kammeyer was transferred to the 159th Liaison Squadron, 3rd Air Commando Group for occupation duty in Japan. In 1946 he was separated from duty, but remained in the reserves, eventually retiring from the Air Force reserves with the rank of Major in 1966.

Upon his return to civilian life, Kammeyer took a job as a pilot for Mid-Continent Airlines (MCA) as a commercial pilot, and in 1947 he married Margielayne Cole. In 1952 MCA was taken over by Braniff Airways, and Kammeyer began flying for the latter airline. Kammeyer's career with Braniff ended with the collapse of the airline on May 12, 1982.

Robert A. Kammeyer passed away on May 20, 2011 in Richardson, Texas.

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