12 Aug 1940 – Hattiesburg American (Hattiesburg, Mississippi) –
Lieut. Col. Harry R. Melton, regular Army 105th Medical Regiment instructor displays a news clipping of his son’s progress in training at the Tampa, FL, Army air base. His son is First Lieut. Harry R. Melton, Jr., adjutant of the 29th Bombardment Group at Tampa. Lieut. Melton is a graduate of West Point Military Academy.
11 Oct 1940 – The Tampa Times – 36 Officers Promoted at Air Base
First Lieut. Harry R. Melton Jr. promoted to Captain – 52nd Bombardment Squadron Headquarters.
17 Jan 1941 – The Tampa Tribune
Organization was begun yesterday of the 53rd Pursuit Group under the command of Major Hugo P. Rush and Captain Harry R. Melton Jr., et al. To be attached to the third wing but no permanent duty station assigned yet.
12 Mar 1941 – Tampa Bay Times – Parties & Personalities – Bundles for Britain Carnival
Advance reservations successful. Usher will include Captain Harry R. Melton Jr.
6 Apr 1941 – The Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, FL) & The Greenville News (Greenville, S.C.) Army Orders –
Captain Harry R. Melton Jr. is transferred from MacDill Field to Charlotte, N.C.
7 Apr 1941 – PEARL HARBOR ATTACKED BY JAPANESE FORCES
10 & 11 Apr 1941 – The Honolulu Advertiser
Captain Harry R. Melton Jr. transferred from MacDill Field to Charlotte, N.C.
29 May 1942 – The Daily Times-News (Burlington, N.C.)
Buck Private to Lt. Col. In 6 Years – From cadet buck private at West Point to Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army is a long road but Harry R. Melton Jr., has just completed the journey in six years. At West Point, he once worked himself up to sergeant and then was “busted” for indifference. He graduated from the academy in 1936 then remained a 2nd.Lt. through flight training at Randolph and Kelly Fields, then Langley Field. He was promoted to 1st.Lt. and a year ago became a Captain at MacDill Field. Five months ago he was promoted to Major here at Morris Field. In May, 1942, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and is an executive officer. He took his wife to Grand Rapids, Michigan, to be married. When he was entering Morris Field the other night, an alert M.P. halted him. “Sorry,” he said, “I’m going to check your credentials – you’re too young for such a rank.” Melton only smiled. He’s used to such treatment.
30 May 1942 – The Greenville News
Melton Jumps From Cadet Private to Lieutenant Colonel In 6 Years – This article was identical.
7 Nov 1943 – Tampa Bay Times – Mrs. Charles Marvin Cole Is Complimented at Bridge Party –
Invited guests included Mesdames Harry R. Melton Jr.