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Albert L. Ravan, Jr., 86, died August 7, 2010 at the Smith Phayer Hospice House. He was the son of the late Albert Lawson and Minnie Wofford Ravan and husband to Emma Mosley Ravan.

He entered into the United States Army June 6, 1943, joined the 82nd Airborne and served in the Invasion of Holland-Normandy where he received the Purple Heart, the battle of the bulge, Bastogne, through out the European Operation and France where he drove an ambulance. He was a life time member of VFW and the 82nd Airborne Division Association.

He returned to the United States in December of 1945 and started a business in commercial and home building operating as A. L. "Red" Ravan, Inc. He bought land on the west side of Landrum, where he started developing Park Hills in 1955 where he did reside. He retired in 1998 from the building business.

He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church and Landrum Lions Club. In addition to his wife he is survived by a son Michael Ravan (Judy) of Landrum; three grandchildren, Gary Ravan (Debbie), Sandy Edwards (Brandon), Jason Ravan (Katie); six great grandchildren, Brittani Ravan Blanton (Adam), Kayla Ravan, Jessica Ravan, Jasmine Edwards, Blayde Edwards and Skyler Ravan; and a brother, Lafayette "Monk" Ravan of Spartanburg.

The family will receive friends 10:00-11:00am Monday August 9, 2010 at Petty Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 11:00am in the funeral home chapel conducted by Rev. Jimmy Camp. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Smith Phayer Hospice House, PO Box 127, Landrum, SC 29356 or Fairview Baptist Church Building Fund, 527 Highway 14 West, Landrum, SC 29356.

[Jumpmaster Note  Albert was not a permanent member of the 508th.  He was attached to Service Company from the 307th Airborne Medical Company from May 1944 through July 1944 and apparently went into Normandy with the regiment.]

(courtesy of "Barry C")

Grave marker for Albert l. Ravan, Jr. in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Landrum (Spartanburg), South Carolina.

Albert enlisted in the Army at Ft Jackson, Columbia, SC on 10 June 1943.

Pvt Ravan served as a medic and was attached to the 508th from the 307 Airborne Medical Company during a period from May through July 1944.

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