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Interview with Allan Lavelle

Item Number: OH0358
 Oral History
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Oral History
Laura M. Calkins, PhD
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  • Existence: 05 May 2004

General Note / OCR

(USAF) LTCOL Allan J. Lavelle was born in Denver CO in 1920. He developed an early interest in flying, and while attending Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia he entered the Civilian Pilot Training Program. During World War II he served as an aviation instructor for the Navy, and remained on active duty until 1945. In 1947 Al joined the Air Force Reserve, and was a public information officer before becoming an intelligence officer and receiving Russian language training. Al's postings included Japan and San Antonio TX, and he retired from the Air Force in 1964. From 1967 to 1973 Al worked in Vietnam for CORDS/AID as Director of Refugees and War Victims in III Corps. In the 1970s Al launched a successful teaching career, which included participation in an exchange program in the Soviet Union in 1975. He now lives in San Antonio TX.

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OH0358, Allan Lavelle Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 11 May 2004 [Updated: 15 May 2008]