KELLY, JACK A. STEEN, Second Lieutenant, # 0-795973, USAAF
Jack A. S. Kelly was born on 2 May 1923 in Sheldon, O’Brien Co., Iowa, to Fred Alfred Kelly (1896-1974) (Villisca, Iowa) and Mabel Dorothea (Steen) Kelly (1897-1976) (Elburn, Iowa) (married 24 November 1920 Linn Co., Iowa). A sister was Alcinda Jean (Kelly) Poppen (1921-2004). He listed as his next-of-kin in 1942 – Aunt Pearl Clarke, Sheldon, Iowa. He married Betty A. Schuette in Iowa on 14 July 1943.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard, Infantry, in Sheldon, Iowa, on 10 February 1941, and was activated and transferred to the USAAF. He completed flight instruction schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas on 5 December 1943 to 10th Air Force in India. On 11 September 1944, a Curtiss C-46 Commando, # 42-61064, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1300th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Chabua, India, on a cargo mission to Luliang, China. The crew was killed in the crash 16 ½ miles SE of Tingkawk-Sakan, Burma. His remains were buried in the East Lawn Cemetery, Sheldon, O’Brien Co., Iowa.
His father, Fred A. Kelly, born 29 June 1896, served as a Second Lieutenant, # 0-205671, in the 133rd Infantry Regiment, Company I; U.S. Army National Guard – Iowa, from (entered active duty) 10 February 1941 to honorable discharge 4 February 1948. He served with 34th Division, Hqs Engineer Amphibian Command, Infantry Replacement Training Center, 4th Regiment CRD, Hqs New York. He served active duty overseas 13 January 1942 to 5 September 1942 and 19 May 1947 to 15 June 1947.