Calvin was an Air Corps Sergeant during WWII. He worked as a B-17 tail gunner. He was killed over France in a mid-air collision and is buried in the Normandy village of Dives-Sur-Mer. His military marker is located in the family plot in Greenwood Cemetery in Jennings, Louisiana.
SGT. CALVIN C. PULVER
JENNINGS, Louisiana - Among the men killed in action during World War II from Jennings and Jeff Davis Parish was Sgt. Calvin C. Pulver, 19-year-old son of Mrs. Frances Pulver of Jennings, who died September 1, 1944 in France.
He would have been 20 years of age on December 29, 1044 and had attended Jennings schools prior to entering the military. He also had been a carrier boy for The Jeff Davis Parish News, predecessor to The Jennings Daily News.
He worked in a Houston, Texas shipyard prior to entering the Army Air Corps in June of 1943 and had trained at Fort Sam Houston, Sheppard Field and at bases in Colorado and California before going overseas May 1, 1944.
Pulver had received the coveted air medal for five successful missions against the Germans and was believed to have been "well on the way to receiving the oak leaf cluster" according to reports at the time, for subsequent missions before being downed over France on a mission. At first he was reported missing in action and later his death was confirmed in a telegram to his mother.
He was buried in the Normandy village of Dives-Sur-Mer and in a letter from Ian M. Rae of Sutton, Surry, England, a war buddy of Pulver, to the soldier's mother, the burial place was described as "a very beautiful churchyard." At the funeral Pulver "was honored by the whole population who brought numerous beautiful wreaths out of respect for a brave man who died for liberty," according to Rae's letter.
Pulver was a gunner on a B-17 bomber.
Published in The Jennings Daily News (Jennings, Louisiana) on Wednesday, September 30, 1970, as part of A Salute to Veterans of Jennings men and women who served in WW I, WWI, Korea and Vietnam.
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