Grave marker for Melvin Denton in the
Lynnville Cemetery, Lynnville (Warrick county), Indiana.
Melvin enlisted at Ft Benjamin
Harrison, IN on 21 August 1940. After completion of basic training and
jump school, SSgt Denton was transferred from the 507th PIR to Company
as a member of the cadre team. A month later he was appointed as 1st
Sergeant for the company.
His promising career was cut short
when he suffered a shattered wrist due to a bad landing during a
practice jump. The wrist was repaired with a piece of bone taken
from his leg but meant that he would never be able to bend the wrist
On 12 October 1943
he was given a certificate of disability discharge at the Lawson General
Hospital, Atlanta, GA.