Re: 351st BG 509th BS - MSgt. Melville W. Bever
Hi,You may be one of the lucky ones.Reason I say that is because there was a big fire in 1973 that burned millions of Army/Air Corps records but supposedly from last name H-Z.So, if you haven't requested his military records, google Standard Form 180 and complete as much of it as you can before submitting it.
See if you can get in touch with the association:
I believe that this is his partial enlistment record which should help with the Standard Form 180.
ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 39019612
RESIDENCE: STATE CALIFORNIA
RESIDENCE: COUNTY LOS ANGELES
PLACE OF ENLISTMENT FT MACARTHUR SAN PEDRO CALIFORNIA
DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 16
DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 02
DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 1942
NATIVITY 73 KANSAS
YEAR OF BIRTH 15 15
EDUCATION 2 years of high school
CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 781 Semiskilled mechanics and repairmen, motor vehicles