Jewel Alfred “Jack” Rivers

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Jewel Alfred “Jack” Rivers

Death 19 Nov 1944 (aged 26)
Burial Clarke County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 35594285 · View Source
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US Army Air Corps WWII, Purple Heart Recipient.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Special to the Press-Register

With the arrival of Veterans Day last week, I thought of Sgt. Rivers.

Jewel Rivers — Jack" to his friends — was from the New Prospect community in southwest Alabama's rural Clarke County. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on Dec. 28, 1943.

Rivers wanted to be a pilot, but instead became a waist gunner on a B-24 Liberator flying with the 90th Bomb Group — the "Jolly Rogers." The Air Corps sent him to New Guinea.

From there, he wrote his wife and infant son of how important it was for them to "keep the world we know a place for men to live in peace, to plan, to hope and to dream the future that is ours and yours."

He never saw that future.

On Nov. 19, 1944, Rivers' plane flew off to bomb a Japanese base on Mindanao Island in the Philippines. It did not return.

Eventually, the Department of the Army notified his wife that searches had been unsuccessful and that Sgt. Rivers had been declared officially killed in action "in the Pacific."

A grateful government gave Mrs. Rivers just enough so that, by moving in with her mother and working two and three jobs, she was able to support the family. To this day, her son remembers her "crying herself to sleep at night longing for my father's return."

(contributed by Kenneth & Carolyn)

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  • Created by: A. Cook
  • Added: 6 Apr 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 35594285
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jewel Alfred “Jack” Rivers (14 May 1918–19 Nov 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 35594285, citing New Prospect Cemetery, Clarke County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by A. Cook (contributor 47077777) .