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Robert Stanton was born in Silverdale, South Carolina on April 17, 1919. He was graduated from Jefferson High School on June 3, 1937, and was hired as Product Inspector at Ajax Manufacturing in the same year. He became engaged to Angela Stanton late in 1940. The couple married on December 18, 1941 the day before he began service in the U.S. Army. He was killed in action on Omaha Beach in France on June 6, 1944.
Angela had been twenty when she married Robert. She never remarried.
While dating, the favorite song of the couple had been I’ll Be Seeing You, with music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Irving Kahal. This piece was particularly important to her because they had sung it together during the night they spent in each other’s arms. He left to serve at six the next morning. They never saw each other again. She became the mother of Robert Stanton, Jr. on August 31, 1942.
The words of the song had meant a great deal to Angela because they represented pleasant memories of dates she had had with Robert before they married. They had had lunch at small cafes, and had often taken walks in the nearby park.
She couldn’t recall whether they had ever seen chestnut trees, but the children’s carousel had been important to the couple as they planned their future.
The words, “I’ll be seeing you in every summer’s day in everything that’s light and gay,” had been the most important part to her. In planning their life together, this is the kind of happy life they expected to experience for many more years of their lives. Angela always thought of him that way.
During the years Robert had served before he died, she looked for him in the morning sun and when the night was new. She would be looking at the moon but she would be seeing him.
Angela became a nurse and served in this capacity all her life. She died in June, 2016, holding the hand of Robert, Jr.
When she entered Heaven, St. Peter met with her and said, “no need to register right now, Angela, Robert is waiting for you. He’s been sitting on a cloud humming an old tune all day. Go directly to your sweetheart!”