Melvin Hurwitz was born on March 12, 1925 in Baltimore, Maryland. He started college in Nashville, Tennessee but soon after joined the U.S. Army. He attended basic training in Greensboro, North Carolina and then to the Army Air Corps training centers around the country assigned as a radio gunner on a B-17 “Flying Fortress.” Serving with the 863rd Bomb Squadron, 493rd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, it was the last bomb group assigned to the “Mighty 8th” in the war. Melvin’s B-17 was nicknamed “Disorganized Confusion” and flew 4 combat missions. However, his plane participated in the dropping of food supplies to the starving Dutch civilians and flew returning French prisoners of war from Austria. Arriving back in the United States, the crew began B-29 training in preparation for the ongoing war in Japan. While awaiting orders to the Pacific, the war ended.