The following April 1, 1943, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 1, column 1:
48 FROM LOCAL BOARD LEAVE FOR ARMY-NAVY DUTY
FORTY-ONE SELECTEES AND SEVEN VOLUNTEERS BEGIN ACTIVE DUTY
Forty-eight men, which included seven volunteers, left last week for active duty in the army and navy following their seven-day furlough after being inducted into the service at Fort Benjamin Harrison.
The local board has begun examination and reclassification of men without dependents who were married before the United States entered the war, according to Peter F. Hein, chairman of the board. Those who are not in "essential" work and without dependents are being examined first while those without dependents in "essential" work will be examined next.
Men with children and who are not in "essential" work will be examined when all available men in the first two groups are taken.
Robert P. Fleener of Lowell was listed with the army inductees.
The following April 15, 1943, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 6, column 3:
Pvt. Robert Fleener, who is stationed at Camp Polk, Va., where he is learning to be a machine gunner, writes that he is getting along fine. He wishes to say "hello" to all his friends in Lowell.
This February 17, 1944, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 1:
Cpl. Robert has been transferred from Camp Polk to Shreveport, La., recently. Bob expects a furlough in the near future.
The following June 8, 1944, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 1:
Cpl. Robert Fleener, stationed at Camp Polk, La., is spending a 15-day furlough here with his mother, Mrs. Emma Fleener, and family.
This December 14, 1944, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 1:
Fleener Boys Overseas
Word received by Mrs. Emma Fleener informs her that her two sons, Pvt. Marvin Fleener and Col. Robert Fleener, are now overseas with their outfits. Marvin recently has been transferred from England to France, and Ralph has just landed in England. Both boys were O.K. when the letters were written.
Note that while this article is supposed to be about only two of the Fleener sons, three of them are named.
This Lowell Tribune article was found in the January 18, 1945, issue (page 7, column 2):
T/Cpl. Robert Fleener, stationed in England, writes home that he recently spent a week-end in London on a general sight-seeing trip.
This April 26, 1945, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 1:
We were in error last week in stating the T/Sgt. Ralph Fleener had received the Purple Heart. It should have been Cpl. Robert Fleener, his brother, who is with the U.S. forces in Germany, where he was wounded. Ralph is with U.S. forces in the Philippines.
This January 10, 1946, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 7, column 3:
Cpl. Robert Fleener arrived home Monday having been discharged from the service after serving in the European theatre for many months.
The following article from the Lowell Tribune, Sept. 29, 1993, can be found in the Local History Files at Lowell Public Library (LH--Vital Statistics, vol. 4, page 51):
Robert P. Fleener, age 69, of Vero Beach, Florida, formerly of Lowell passed away unexpectedly Sat., Sept. 18, 1993. He is survived by: his loving wife of 46 years, Mary (nee Sacco) Fleener; one son, Robert (JoAnn) Fleener of Vero Beach; one daughter, Gayle (Rich) Schulfer of Lowell; six bothers, Ralph Fleener, Marvin (Pat) Fleener, Dan (Rose) Fleener, and Joe (Ruth) Fleener, all of Lowell, Thayne (Marge) Fleener of Indianapolis, and Dick (Eleanor) Fleener of Sacramento, California; three sisters, Barbara "Fan" Sutton of Virginia, Inez Sampson of North Carolina and Grace Lowman of Hebron; five beloved grandchildren, Christopher Fleener and Shannon Fleener, both of Vero Beach, and Jennifer Schulfer, Stephanie Schulfer and Lisa Schulfer, all of Lowell, and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Emma Fleener; two brothers, Orville "Dutch" Fleener and Walter Fleener, and one sister Jane Allison. Cremation took place in Florida, and there were no services or visitation. Formerly employed at Lowell Lumber and Langen Realty, Robert Fleener moved to Florida about 20 years ago and had worked for Lucas Waterproofing as an estimator. A military veteran of World War II, he was awarded the Purple Heart and was a charter member of Lowell VFW Post No. 6841, as well as a member of the American Legion Post in Vero Beach.