POWER, MELVIN LEE, First Lieutenant, Service # 0-933431, U.S. Army Air Force
Born 21 September 1906 in Trinidad, Las Animas County, Colorado, to Walter Lee Power (1885-1968) and Lelia Mae (Smith) Power (1885-1969), he was survived by two siblings, Walter A. Power (1910- ) and George Everett Power (1915-1990). He married Venus Aurora Hemenway (1902-1995). In 1910, the famly lived in Trinidad, Colorado, where his father worked in a grocery store. In 1920, they were still there. In 1930, at about age 27, he was a lodger in Oakland, California, and worked as a newspaper pressman. He and his wife met through another pressman at the Oakland Tribune. By the 1940 census, he had married and lived in Oakland with his wife. In 1930, Venus was a public school teacher. He enlisted 2 May 1943, and completed Officer Cadet School and aviation training by 8 September, 1944.
On 14 May 1946, 1stLt John H. McDowell, AAF, for the 1304th Air Base Unit, Air Tansport Command, signed Order # 116, transferring C-47 # 8308, with the flight crew, to duty with Graves Registration, by order of Lt.Col. Boaz, ATC, executed by Capt. Thomas E. Cale, Flight Operations Officer and Major Andrew J. Prokop, Director of Operations. The flight crew was comprised of:
1stLt Melvin L. Power, 0-933431, Check Pilot
1stLt Horace J. Gabbart, 0-769970, Pilot
PFC Eugene F. Ryan, 17134187, Radio Operator
On 10 Feb., 1946, the Oakland Tribune reported that 2ndLt Power had been awarded the Air Medal for his missions flying over "the Hump" (Himalayas). On 1 Jun. 1946, the paper reported "Ex-Tribune Pressman Missing on Flight," and that his wife, of 1915 105th Ave., had been notified.