O'Brien County

Major Fred A. Kelly



Our Neighbors in the Service

Sheldon, Iowa –Capt. Fred A. Kelly, formerly captain in Guard Company I here, has been promoted to the rank of major and is stationed at Camp Wheeler, Georgia. He served with the famous Rainbow division in France during the First World War. He left Sheldon in January, 1940, with Company I for Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, and from there to Camp Dix, New Jersey, and then to England where he received special training. He returned to the United States later. A son, Cadet Jack Kelly, is with the ferry command.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, April 23, 1943

Soldier News

Lt. Jack Steen Kelly, only son of Major and Mrs. Fred A. Kelly of Baltimore, Md., formerly of Sheldon, was killed in flight between India and China on Sept. 1. Word was received by his aunt, Mrs. F. J. Clarke in Sheldon on Sept. 8, that he was missing in action in the flight over the “hump” on Sept. 1, but the message which arrived last week shattered all hope that there was still a possibility for his safe return. The only information received from the War Department in regard to his death was that the flight was made during adverse weather conditions.

Source: The LeMars Globe-Post, Oct. 16, 1944