Alfred McIlveen, former Marine staff sergeant who fought his way across Midway Island and Guadalcanal as a Carlson Raider during World War II, was prouder of the winning battle his mother fought on the home front than of his own citation for meritorious action.
For while he was living on rice in Pacific island foxholes, his mother was reportedly desperately ill. Doctors expected her not to walk again.
But when Sgt. McIlveen got home late in 1944, his late mother was up and around in charge of the homecoming.
Mr. McIlveen, 34, was born in Sugar Land and was reared in Houston and California, where he entered the service early in World War II.
He returned to Houston after 27 months in the Pacific and worked in the Sinclair Refinery for the last 10 years. He died yesterday morning [February 10, 1956] in North Shore Hospital, following a heart attack.
Mr. McIlveen lived at 10521 Munn Street, and was a member of Local 4367, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union.
Surviving are five sisters, Mrs. L. J. Meineke, Mrs. W. J. Derrick, Miss Irene McIlveen, and Mrs. H. C. Erwin, all of Houston, and Mrs. Homer Mayes of Los Angeles, Cal.; two brothers, David W. McIlveen and Bennie B. McIlveen, both of Houston.
The Rev. L. F. Richey will conduct funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Hyde Park Funeral Home chapel. The Houston Marine Corps Recruiting Office will conduct graveside military services.