Melvin J. Tavis
Wednesday, April 4, 1945 pg. 3
“Reported Missing: Sgt. Melvin Tavis”
Sergeant Melvin J. Tavis, whose home was 403 Spruce street in Rosewood, has been reported missing in action in Europe since February 26, according to word received by relatives here from the war department.
Sergeant Tavis entered the service in July, 1942, and had been an ordnance man until a recent transfer to infantry, in which he participated in action in Holland. He has been overseas for more than a year at the time he was reported missing.
Tavis was a service station attendant before the war. He has a wife, Thelma and two daughters, Thelma and Adlene, who attend Marshall school. He also has a brother Fred Tavis, with the Seabees in Maine, and two sisters, Mrs. L.P. Gosselin of Eureka and Mrs. Maurice re Road of Brisbane annex to San Francisco.
Monday, August 13, 1945 pg. 10
“Killed In Action”
Missing in action since February 26 T/3 Melvin J. Tavis of Eureka was killed March 16 in Holland, according to a War Department message received by his wife, Thelma, of 403 Spruce street.
Born in Crescent City, T/3 Tavis attended schools there and was employed as a service station attendant in Eureka prior to entering the service in July, 1942. Going overseas in December, 1943, with an ordnance company, he was later transferred to the infantry, where he was serving when killed.
Survivors, besides the wife, are his daughters, Thelma and Adlene, students of Eureka Junior high school; two sisters, Mrs. L. P. Gosselin, Eureka, and Mrs. Maurice de Radd; Brisbane; and a brother, Fred Tavis, who was recently discharged from the Seabees.