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Robert "Sarge" Fladger Graham, Jr.

October 23, 1932 — August 31, 2023

Sullivans Island

Robert "Sarge" Fladger Graham, Jr.

 

Robert F. Graham Jr, son of the late Naomi L. Sturcken and Robert F Graham Sr, was born in Charleston, SC on October 23, 1932. He graduated from Murray Vocational School and was a devoted member of Stella Maris Catholic Church.

 

Robert Fladger Graham Jr had many nicknames including: Bobby G, Bob, Dad, Papa Granny and most affectionately known as Sarge. Granny was a nickname he earned by taking care of his troops in Vietnam.

 

Sarge grew up on Sullivan’s Island where he met his lifelong sweetheart at the age of 9. Sarge and Anne Limoges were married in 1956.

 

Sarge enjoyed fishing, hunting, working on outboard motors and spending time with family and friends. 

 

Sarge enlisted in the US Navy in 1951 and was assigned to the Ice Breaker, USS Edisto.

 

In 1955, Sarge enlisted in the USAF, where Bull Benini recruited him to join the Combat Control Team. He retired in 1974 with multiple awards, including two Bronze Stars. Sarge earned a Master Parachutist Badge. He made a Combat Jump in Vietnam on February 22, 1967, during Operation Junction City, the First CCT Mass Tactical Airborne Assault.

 

Sarge was respected throughout the Combat Control Community. He attended Combat Control reunions until May 2023. He was life member #12 of the Combat Control Team Association.

 

Sarge served several tours in Vietnam. After retiring, he became a certified outboard motor mechanic and Jack of all Trades.

 

Sarge is pre-deceased by his parents, stepfather George M Conner, wife Anne, son George and his only sibling, Joan McLaughlin.

 

He leaves behind four adult children: Robert, Richard, Ann Marie, and Paul. In addition, he leaves behind 5 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

 

Sarge became a resident of the Veteran’s Victory House in December 2021 and transferred to the Richard M Campbell Veteran’s Home in February 2023 where he received excellent care and was surrounded by Veterans.

 

The Mass for Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 8, 2023, at 10:00 am at Stella Marris Catholic Church located 1204 Middle St, Sullivan's Island, SC. The burial will immediately follow the mass at St. Lawrence Cemetery at Huguenin Ave., Charleston,SC. Full Military Honors will be presented for Robert F. Graham, Jr. at the cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Combat Control Foundation. As you know Combat Control held a special place in Sarge’s heart. This organization ensures all Combat Controllers, and their families are supported. They do this through programs for Health, Resilience, Education and Heritage to ensure no one is left behind and the proud history of this community never forgotten.

 

https:/www.combatcontrolfoundation.org

 

Combat Control Foundation

PO Box 432

Mary Esther, FL 32569-0432

1 (850) 684-4296

 

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to McAlister Smith Funeral Home Mount Pleasant located at 1520 Rifle Range Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464;  843-884-3833.

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