Melvin served as a Sergeant & Right Waist Gunner on B-17G #42-31787, 548th Bomber Squadron, 385th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army during World War II.
He resided in Carroll County, Maryland prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on November 25, 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the building of aircraft and also as Single, without dependents.
Melvin was "Killed In Action" when his B-17 was attacked enemy aircraft and crashed in forest two miles W of Langerhein, Germany during the war.