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Melvin L. Greene ( Missoula )

posted: Aug 13, 2014

Melvin “Smoke” Greene, Colonel, USAF (Ret.), died January 20, 2014, at age 95. He worked for the Forest Service as a teenager in Montana before joining the Smokejumpers in 1942.
In 1943 he joined the Army Air Corps and was a Flight Engineer on the new B-29s. On his sixth mission in April 1945, his plane was hit by a kamikaze pilot over Nagoya, Japan. After parachuting from the plane he was captured and spent the remainder of the war as a POW in Omori Prison near Tokyo.
Smoke continued his military career retiring as a full colonel in 1972 after 29 years of service. In 1986 he relocated to the Air Force Village in San Antonio where he lived for the next 22 years before moving to Austin in 2008.