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Freedom Fighters: Larry Covin

In 1941, Larry Covin was a senior at Stephen F. Austin University, captain of the Lumberjack football team and "Mr. SFA". On December 26th, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Covin joined the Navy Airforce.

Covin flew 50 missions in B25 Mauraders over France and Holland without injury. A freak bicycle accident at his base in England put him in the hospital, but saved his life. While Covin was in the hospital, his plane crashed, killing all aboard.

After the war, Covin returned to college, earning his bachelor, masters and doctorate degrees. For 24 years he was on the SFA faculty and later taught at McNeese State for 14 years.

Fifty years after the war interrupted his senior year at SFA, Covin married Deana Bolton, former Kilgore Rangerette director, who had been "Miss SFA" in 1941, when Covin was "Mr. SFA". Both had lost their spouses. Ironically, Dena's husband, J.W. "Cotton" Bolton, had been Covin's roommate and co-captain of the Lumberjack football team.

Joan Hallmark, Reporting

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