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Delmer Paul KELLEY

Male 1918 - 1944  (26 years)


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  • Name Delmer Paul KELLEY 
    Born 7 Aug 1918  Sugar Camp (New Milton), Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Census 1930, 1940  New Milton District, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Sugar Camp (New Milton), Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Military ENLISTED 10/21/1942  [1, 3, 4
    Pfc, 361 Inf, 91 Div, US Army, WW II (KIA, Purple Heart) 
    Died 18 Sep 1944  Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Buried Florence American Cemetery, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 9
    Person ID I21669  Doddridge County Roots
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2014 

    Father Brooke Edward KELLEY,   b. 17 May 1895, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1972  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Mettie May JACKSON,   b. 20 Aug 1894, New Milton, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1977, Toledo, Lucas Co, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 11 Oct 1916  Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F8013  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Aug 1918 - Sugar Camp (New Milton), Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Sugar Camp (New Milton), Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Florence American Cemetery, Italy Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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    Documents
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  • Sources 
    1. [S317] West Union Herald-Record, 5/26/1998, p. 13 - Article by VFW Post 3408.

    2. [S2582] West Virginia Veterans Memorial Archives Database, (http://www.wvculture.org/history/wvmemory/wvvetmem.html).

    3. [S14] Obituary, West Union Herald, 5/10/1945.

    4. [S2589] World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas [database on-line], (Ancestry.com and National Archives & Records Administration (NARA)).

    5. [S14] Obituary, West Union Herald, 5/10/1945.
      In its entirety:
      "Pfc. Delmer Paul Kelley, Company B, 361st Inf, was killed in action in northern Italy on Sept. 18, 1944, while serving under General Marshall. The platoon to which he was assigned was attacking enemy positions when he was killed by a heavy artillery barrage, being struck by flying shell fragments.
      "His body was evaculated and buried in the U.S. military cemetery, in northern Italy.
      "At the request of the President, the Purple Heart was awarded posthumously to Pfc. Kelley, and has been received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Brooks E. Kelley of Blandville.
      "Pfc. Kelley was born August 7, 1918, on Sugar Camp and spent his life there until called to the service of his country Nov. 4, 1942. He was trained at Camp Carson, Colo., then transferred to Shreveport, La., and from there to Camp Roberts, Calif.
      "Besides his parents, he is survived by one brother, Elmer C. Kelley of Toledo, Ohio.
      "The parents received the following message from General Marshall:
      'Your son fought valiantly in a supreme hour of his country's need. His memory will live in the grateful hearts of our nation.'
      "A Christian funeral service was conducted at this grave by a Protestant chaplain."

    6. [S960] Obituary of mother.

    7. [S1594] Obituary of brother.

    8. [S215] The History of Doddridge County, West Virginia, (Taylor Publishing Co, 1979), p. 179.

    9. [S2582] West Virginia Veterans Memorial Archives Database, (http://www.wvculture.org/history/wvmemory/wvvetmem.html), Plot: D Row: 15 Grave: 2.