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Arvin Rivers
Arvin Rivers, WWII
Arvin Rivers, WWII
Recent Address: 1601 Beau Chene, Westlake, LA 70669
Family Information: Parents: Lawrence and Zelma; Wife: LaVerne; Children: Zelma, Vernie Kay, Arvin
Hometown: Zwolle, LA
Date Entered Service: February 14, 1942
Service Number: 34231886
Bomb Group: 462nd Bomb Group
Squadron: 768th Bomb Squadron
Location of Unit: Piardoba, India; November 1944
Missions Flown: 28 combat missions
Hump Missions Flown: 5 Hump missions and return
Targets: Bangkok, Omura, Shinchiku, Singapore, Saigon, Nagoya, Tokyo, Hamamatsu, Osaka, Omuta, Kure, Okayama, Takamatsu, Sendai, Utsonomiya, Namazu, Fukui, Kobe, Hachiogi, Saga, Fukuyama, Hikari, (some of the above targets hit more than once.
Awards/Decorations: 5 Battle Stars, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross
Service Schools Attended: AM School-Biloxi, MS Feb 1942; Aircraft Electric and AM Instructor Training Jun 1942; Flight Engineer School Mar 1944
Military Specialty(ies): AM Instructor, MOS 737-Flight Engineer VHB
Rank Upon Discharge: T/Sgt.
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-24506 Untouchable, 44-69730 (unnamed)
Were you a POW? No
Were you interned? No
Date Transferred from the 58th: August, 1945
Date Discharged from the 58th: October 14, 1945
Post-WWII Military Service: None
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Traffic Manager for Olin Corporation
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
I would not take a million dollars for the experience, but no amount of money would persuade me to do it again.

The technical schools and training had unlimited value. Flying with a combat crew was a rewarding experience. The memories of WWII have made me a more patriotic citizen and better appreciate our freedom.

Mr. Rivers passed away October 7, 2014.


Arvin Rivers
Arvin Rivers


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