Melvyn Graves, a private first class in the United States Army, was killed in action during the Battle of the Bulge in France on Jan. 24, 1945.  His position was under heavy mortar and artillery fire.  Graves was hit in the neck by a piece of shrapnel.

Just one month before, on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1944, Graves wrote a letter to his young son, Robert. In the letter, Graves told Robert that he would be home the following Christmas and the family would all be happy together again.

Graves lived on Valley Road prior to entering the Army.  He father, Herman Graves, served as mayor of Clark from 1927 until 1932.