KELLY, JOHN FRANKLIN  

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Casualty Record

 

Name:
KELLY, JOHN FRANKLIN


Rank / Branch:
CPL - E3 - U.S. ARMY


Unit:
101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION


Date of Birth:
1947-02-15


Date of Loss:
1968-09-06


Country of Loss:
SOUTH VIETNAM


Loss Coordinates:
HUA NGHIA


Status:
HOSTILE-MULTIPLE FRAGMENT


Category:
BODY RETURNED


Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground:
GROUND


Awards & Decorations:
SEE BIO


Other:
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Veteran Hagiography

JOHN FRANKLIN KELLY, CORPORAL E-3, U. S. ARMY, MIDLAND, MIDLAND COUNTY, TEXAS

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Combat Medic's Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal

BIOGRAPHY

John Kelly died on his third day in the field in Vietnam, struck by a mortar as he disembarked the helicopter.

Born February 15, 1947 in Houston, Texas to Jimmy Elizabeth Hood and Edward Fagan Kelly.  He spent most of his life in Houston and moved to Midland when his father was transferred with his job.  Kelly was a graduate of Midland Lee High school, Class of 65.  He was one of the best golfers ever to play for the Rebels.

He later attended Texas Tech for two years.  Nicknamed "Munko" and "Johanna", he is recalled as having the ability to make others laugh.   He enlisted in the Army from Houston, Texas in January, 1968.  He completed basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana and Medic Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.  

He started his tour in Vietnam on July 16, 1968.  He was assigned as a medic with Company A,  3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.

He was buried with full military honors in the Quanah Memorial Park Cemetery in Quanah, Texas.

A relative wrote of him, "The world has been a sadder place ever since (his death). I guess I will never get over his death. The Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans Memorial will keep his name alive; his personality and his laughter is my job."

Quanah Memorial Park Cemetery, Quanah, Texas

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