Lavern Richard Alcorn


Object Number - UPL 46348 - 1LT Lavern R. Alcorn Fighter Pilot 365th FG - 388th FS - 9th AF Photo from his college yearbook at Upper Iowa University


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Units served with


  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Fontanay-Sur-Mer
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Brétigny-sur-Orge
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Chièvres Air Base


Event Location Date Description


West Union, IA 31 March 1923


Jefferson Barracks, Missouri 1 February 1943


West Union, IA 25 July 2015 He was born on March 31, 1923 at home in West Union to George and Laura (Jacobsen) Alcorn. He graduated from West Union High School and attend two years of college at Upper Iowa University. Lavern proudly served his country in the United State Army Air Corps during World War II. He was honorably discharged after his plane was shot down in France during his seventh mission. Lavern opted to re-enlist and he flew another seventy-two missions during the war. He was united in marriage to Marcia Rose Willsey on December 30, 1955 in Topeka, Kansas. The couple, along with their two children, made their home in West Union. Lavern worked for the United States Postal Service as a rural mail carrier. Lavern travel over a million miles during his career. He enjoyed playing bridge, golfing, reading, and coffee with friends. Lavern was a member of the American Legion Post 15 of West Union, Masonic Lodge of West Union, Historical Society of Fayette County, and the Selective Service System. He was an active life-long member of Bethel Presbyterian Church in West Union.


West Union, IA 28 July 2015 West Union Cemetery West Union, Fayette County, Iowa, USA
West Union, IA 119 West Plum Street


Assigned to the 365th FG

Azeville, France 388th BS He would stay with the squadron through the end of the war until Sept 1945

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