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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: June 10, 1916
Date of death: February 28, 1942
Age: 25

Lucky Bag

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From the 1940 Lucky Bag:


Ruston, Louisiana

From the famed swamps of Louisiana came Alva, a quiet, industrious little fellow who is constantly working at something, whether it be radios, boats, or cameras. A true fourth platooner, he has had a continuous battle with the Medical Board over his stature. In spite of his height, however, he is a real man, and most any afternoon finds him at the gym swinging through the air on the rings or performing gyrations on the horizontal bar. Though lacking stars, academics have never bothered him. He is a friend who will come through when the going is rough. Louisiana lost a good E.E. when Alva picked the Navy.


Alva was lost when USS Houston (CA 30) was sunk on on March 1, 1942 during the Battle of Sunda Strait.

His parents were listed as next of kin.

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