His father served in WW I as an infantryman, Private, # 1636232, shipping overseas in mid-1918 as a replacement.
He enlisted 2 April 1942 in Albany County, New York (enlisted service # 12052464). At Syracuse University as a business major, he had completed two years of college and was single. In 1940, the family lived in Scotia, Schenectady County, New York, and Newton J. Kellam graduated from Syracuse University. After flight training and completion of advanced training and rating on the four-engine B-24 (likely the D model, although in India they had the newer J model), he earned his commission and wings (after initial pilot school). He was sent overseas 29 April 1943. As a Second Lieutenant, Newton J. Kellam was the pilot of the B-24J when it went down in Burma. Captured and placed as a POW in Japanese prisons # 3, # 5, and # 6, from after the crash of the bomber, between 8 December 1943, he was rescued in 1945 from the Rangoon Cantonment (former British prison). He suffered from beatings, starvation and poor to no medical care. After recovering and upon his honorable discharge 6 November 1945, he moved to Syracuse, New York. He died 27 January 1972.
Brother Jeptha Lynn Kellam, born 2 October 1925, died 19 January 1986, and is buried in the Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna, Schenectady, New York. He served in WW II in the U.S. Navy, an Ensign, from 7 August 1943 to 5 November 1945.