Arvin Rivers

Arvin Rivers, WWII
Arvin Rivers, WWII
Recent Address: 1601 Beau Chene, Westlake, LA 70669
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Family Info: 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
Squadron: 768th
Location of Unit: Piardoba, India; November 1944
Missions Flown: 28 combat missions
Hump Missions: 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: 5 Battle Stars, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross
Service Schools: AM School-Biloxi, MS Feb 1942; Aircraft Electric and AM Instructor Training Jun 1942; Flight Engineer School Mar 1944
MOS: 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)
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Date Transferred from the 58th: August, 1945
Date Discharged: October 14, 1945
Post WWII Service:
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Traffic Manager for Olin Corporation
Thoughts About the 58th: 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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