|Birth: ||Jan. 10, 1921|
|Death: ||Jul. 5, 1999|
Father: Honorat Bellerive
Mother: Anna M. Newell
Son: Donald Bellerive
During World War II, Richard was a Radio Operator on a B-24 'Liberator' (577th Squadron, #42-7497 "Old Daddy") in the 392nd Bomb Group. On 18 March 1944, at 1510 hours, the plane was last seen spinning down to the left, with one engine on fire, and subsequently crashing. A total of seven parachutes in two groups were seen. Those seven crew members, including Richard, became prisoners of war. The bodies of the other three crew members were discovered in the wreckage. (See the B-24 Bomber 42-7497 crew virtual cemetery.)
After the war, Richard came home to Kansas to his beloved wife with whom he had six children. They operated a dairy farm until their retirement.
At his wake, one of the remembrances was offered by his oldest daughter who, in the midst of facing a major medical issue, had asked her father how he had gotten through tough times, such as being a POW. Richard, in his quiet but determined way, simply said "Bellerives don't give up."
He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend.
Donald Joseph Bellerive (1949 - 1970)*
Saint Anthony Cemetery
Created by: Dıehard
Record added: Jul 10, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20392512