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Arvin Rivers
 
Arvin Rivers, WWII
Arvin Rivers, WWII
 
 
Recent Address:   1601 Beau Chene, Westlake, LA 70669
 
Email:    
 
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.
 
Comments:
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.

 

Arvin Rivers
Arvin Rivers
 

 


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