The Group moved to England in December 1943 as part of the Ninth Air Force. Flying P-47s, the Group took part in missions over northern France designed to weaken Germany's ability to repulse the planned Allied invasion of summer 1944. After the...
|Born||West Union, IA||31 March 1923|
|Lived in||West Union, IA||June 1942|
119 West Plum Street
|Enlisted||Jefferson Barracks, Missouri||1 February 1943|
|Assigned to the 365th FG||Azeville, France||July 1944|
|Died||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.
|Buried||West Union, IA||28 July 2015|
West Union Cemetery
|13 December 2020 22:00:30||466thHistorian||Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, events, unit associations and place associations|