|Birth: ||Sep. 30, 1920|
|Death: ||Nov. 4, 1978|
During World War II, LaVelle was the right-gunner on a B-29, #42-63363 of the 40th Bomb Group. On 7 December 1944, while on Combat Mission #19 against the Japanese arsenal and airplane factory at Mukden, Manchukuo (Manchuria), the crew had to abandon their plane due to mechanical problems. A virtual cemetery of this crew contains a link to the narrative report of their rescue.
Shortly after the rescue, LaVelle's father died. Although LaVelle was stateside, he was unable to attend his father's funeral.
He also served in Korea.
LaVelle, a life-long bachelor, was called "Uncle Bud" by his nieces and nephews, all of whom had a great affection for him as did his younger cousins. One of his cousins graduated from high school before he got back from Korea, so to compensate for missing that momentous occasion, he took her to a concert for a "new" singer LaVelle thought was wonderful. That singer was Elvis Presley. Ironically, his young cousin was not impressed.
He was always ready to try something new or help those he loved in any way he could.
LaVelle lived with his widowed mother for many years, along with their beloved Chihuahua, Patches.
Crown Hill Cemetery
Plot: Block 54, Lot 230, Space B-1
Created by: Diehard
Record added: Apr 10, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13911860
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