#VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Melvin Rector


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Melvin Rector.

Melvin served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a radio operator on B-17 Flying Fortress bombers. He served with 96th Bomb Group flying missions over Europe.

Melvin served his country from 1943 to 1951.

On May 6, he took a trip to England for a tour of World War II sights and locations he served. The last time he had seen the country was during his service in 1945.

His tour of WWII sites started at the Battle of Britain Bunker in the Uxbridge area of London. As he walked out of the bunker, he told his friend he was feeling dizzy. He quietly passed away there outside the bunker.

The Royal Air Force, U.S. Air Force, and historians in London attended and participated in his funeral with military honors.

We honor Melvin’s service.

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Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016 and is the host of VA’s official podcast, Borne the Battle. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.



    Does anyone know the names of MSgt Melvin Rector’s parents? I would like to add his family to the Germanna Colonies database at Ancestry.com

    Thank you,
    MSgt (Ret), USAF
    George W. Durman

  2. Roger Cole    

    Melvin Rector.

    To the family of Melvin Rector. As a Brit born well after the war. Like many men who service in the US Army Air Corp here in the UK during that time and gave there lives for freedom.

    Thank You.

    Roger Cole

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