Army Badge
  • Name: Melvin LeRoy Mellan
  • Location of Birth: Henning, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: November 10, 1924
  • Date of Death: December 13, 2014
  • Parents: Carl Mellan & Nettie (Knutson) Mellan
  • High School and Class:
  • College: 1947 Dunwoody School of Mechanics, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Highest Rank: PFC (Private First Class)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: December 30, 1944
  • Place Sworn In: Fort Snelling, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge:
  • Place of Discharge:
  • Military Awards:
    American Theatre Service Medal
    Good Conduct Medal
    Victory Medal

  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Melvin L. Mellan
    Race: White
    Age: 18
    Birth Date: November 10, 1924
    Birth Place: Elmo Township, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Elmo Township, Otter Tail, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: December 30, 1942
    Employer: Carl Mellan, Rt. 1, Henning, Otter Tail, Minnesota
    Weight: 163
    Height: 6-1
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Hazel
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Carl Mellan, Rt. 1, Henning, Minnesota

    World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
    Name: Melvin L. Mellan
    Race: White
    Marital status: Single, without dependents (Single)
    Rank: Private
    Birth Year: 1924
    Nativity State of Country: Minnesota
    Citizenship: Citizen
    Residence: Otter Tail, Minnesota
    Education: Grammar school
    Civil Occupation: General Farmers
    Enlistment Date: December 30, 1944
    Enlistment place: Fort Snelling, Minnesota
    Branch: No branch assignment
    Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
    Source: Civil Life
    Height: 00
    Weight: 600

    Melvin served in the Army as a PFC at Fort Lewis, Washington.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Melvin Mellan married Patricia McKinney in Walker, Minnesota in 1952. He worked for U.S. Steel for 25 years as a diamond drill and steel mill operator, retiring in 1977. He was an active member of the Sons of Norway. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking, traveling and snowmobiling.

    Melvin died at PioneerCare in Fergus Falls, Minnesota where he had resided for the last two years. He is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine, Minnesota (Block 137); He is survived by his nephew, Roger (Mary) Hoff; niece, Betty (Hoff) Bergerud; sister-in-law, Fran John; and many great and great-great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Patricia; mother, Nettie; father, Carl; and sister, Laura (Hoff) Mellan.

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