7 July 1956 to 16 March 1968
Enrolled in Citizens Military Training Camp on 5 July 1935 and completed requirements in 1940. Enlisted in the Hq Battery of the 218th Field Artillery of the Oregon National Guard, 4 August 1937, and was honorably discharged, 24 July 1940.
He received a commission as a 2LT Infantry on 9 February 1942. On 18 June 1942, he requested to be considered for heavier-then-air flying training, in officer grade, with the Army Air Corps.
He was called to active duty by the Army Air Corps on 28 August 1942 and was assigned to pilot training as a student officer at Santa Ana, California, graduating in the class of 43E at Douglas, Arizona on 20 May 1943. He was assigned to the flying training command and flew B17 aircraft. Released from active duty on 17 November 1945, he returned to his civilian occupation with the Bonneville Power Administration.
On 17 April 1947, he joined the Oregon Air National Guard. Called again to active duty on 1 February 1951, he served for 21 months with the 123rd Fighter Squadron during the Korean War. Upon release from active duty, he returned to the Oregon Air National Guard and his civilian occupation.
Colonel Garvin was assigned as commander of the 142nd Communications Squadron of the 142 Fighter Group on 20 April 1953. He was selected to organize the 244th AACS E&I Squadron, recognized on 7 July 1956, and was commander until 16 March 1968. He was then appointed commander of the 142nd Mobile Communications Squadron, a subordinate of the 252nd Mobile Communications Group until 17 September 1969, at which time he was transferred to the Washington Air National Guard and appointed Deputy Commander of the 252nd Mobile Communications Group.
On 1 July 1970, he was transferred to the State Staff and appointed Director of Communications and Electronics. Colonel Garvin Retired from the Washington Air National Guard on 9 October 1974.
Albert Garvin was born Aug. 31, 1918 in Portland. The son of L. John and Gertrude Garvin, he grew up in northeast Portland, graduating from Jefferson High School. He attended Albany College and OSU and completed the requirements for a commission as a 2nd Lt. in the Army. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor he was selected for pilot training. He qualified as a B-17 pilot and served in the Training Command for the duration of the war.
He returned to Portland, working for the Bonneville Power Administration. He was recalled to active service during the Korean War. After active service, he became one of the first BPA computer programmers. (Their first computer had 400 bytes of memory.) At BPA he eventually became a senior computer analyst, retiring in 1979. He also had maintained his association with the Oregon and Washington Air National Guard, retiring as a Colonel with personal decorations from the Air Force and the State of Oregon.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Frances Dillon Garvin; three children, David, Dick and Patty; ten grandchildren, Shannon, Nathan, Matthew, Joshua, Becky, Christie, Debbie, Patrick, Sarah, and Diana; and 15 great-grandchildren, Tim, Maggie, Rio, Kota, Micah, Katie, Heidi, Evie, Malachi, Jadon, Paul, Bryce, Sidney, Carly, and Emily. Honest, kind, intelligent, witty, wise, loving, and generous; he was loved and respected by all who knew him.
Memorial service 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007 at Kern Park Christian Church, 6828 SE Holgate Blvd., Portland. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Medical Foundation Oregon, Providence Health Systems Hospice, 3975 Mercantile Dr., Suite 3975, Lake Oswego OR 97035-9963.
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