COLVARD, HAROLD D., First Lieutenant, # 0-510266, USAAF


Harold D. Colvard was born on 21 November 1915 in Sparinaw, Oklahoma, to Decatur Maxwell Colvard (1891-1976) (Robinsville, No. Carolina) and Nola Adis (West) Colvard (1895-1975). Siblings included Jodie Woodrow Colvard (1917-2002), Paul West Colvard (1920-1988), Jack Dee Colvard (1922-1976), William C. “Billie” Colvard (1923-1988), Norma Jean (Colvard) Millhollin (1927-    ), and Eugene Emmett Colvard (1926-2003). On 14 December 1936 he married Loreann Loice (Bluejacket) Blaine nee Colvard (1915-2007) (Eastern Shawnee Indian – Quapaw Indian Agency). In 1942, she lived at 102 S. Rural St, Emporia, Kansas. There were two sons, Harold Blaine Colvard (1939-1993) (U.S. Army, Specialist 4th Grade, Vietnam) and Phillip Dale Colvard. The 1940 census has him, his wife, and son living in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and he was working in dam construction.


He registered for the WW II draft on 22 May 1942 while living at RR # 2, Vinita, Oklahoma, and employed by McFarland Flying Service of Pittsburg, Kansas. He described himself as 6’, 190 lbs, with red hair and blue eyes. He completed flight training and earned his commission and pilot wings. On 23 August 1944, C-47A, # 43-15381, assigned to 14thAir Force, 14th Transport Squadron, departed the airfield at Cho Lum Pao, China, on a combat cargo mission to the airfield at Kunming, China. The last contact was by radio with radio station NQ-4. The C-47A crashed into mountains in northeast Yunan Province, near Yankai, China, enroute to Kunming from Peishiyi, China. Weather bad; flying IFR. Wreckage found by Chinese soldiers who reported all aboard were dead. His remains were recovered from the airfield cemetery at Kunming, China, and were buried in a group burial of two caskets (Colvard and McMinn) in the Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, on 21 November 1949 (Sec. 3, Grave 1518-D).


His brother, Paul W. Colvard, born 20 July 1920, served in the USAAF from 9 December 1942 to re-enlistment on 5 November 1945 and to honorable discharge on 4 February 1947.


His brother, Jack Colvard, born 28 February 1922, served from 8 December 1942 to 13 December 1945.


His brother, W. C. “Billie” Colvard, born 23 December 1923, served in the U.S. Army from 6 May 1942 to 30 June 1972.


His son, Harold D. Colvard, born 5 October 1938, served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, enlisting 16 December 1953 and was honorably discharged 16 October 1961. He is buried in the Fayetteville National Cemetery, Fayettevillle, Arkansas (Sec. 23b, Site 36).