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Sgt. Donald C. Kelley-
T/Sgt. Donald C. Kelley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald W. Kelley of Oteen , N.C., enlisted from Charlotte, North Carolina. 11 December 1941.
He was reported missing in action in the Sicilian Campaign July 10, 1943, and one year later was declared dead by the War Department. Sgt. Kelley was born in Parsons and lived here until 1935, when his family moved south. He entered the service in December 1941, just two days after Pearl Harbor. At the time of his enlistment he was attending Lee Edwards High School. He trained at Shepard Field, Texas, and several other stations in the state before being sent overseas in December 1942. He was stationed in the state before being sent overseas in December 1942. He was stationed for a while in North Africa.
He served aboard a B-25C (#42-64522) with the 381st Bomb Squadron (M), 310th Bomb Group (M), 57th Bomb Wing, 12th Air Force, based on Corsica.
On his last mission,, he was lost over the sea and remains MIA along with 4 of his crew of six men. Aircraft lost near Sciacca Air Drome, Siciliy which was their target. One parachute was seen to open. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR 342).
F/O George D. Collins, P
2nd Lt. Gilbert H. Myers, C/P
TSgt. Donald C. Kelley, B
SSgt. Richard J. Walsch, G
TSgt. Mike D. Rogers, R/O
Cpl. Gustave A. Lunstan, Photographer
He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Air Medal with seven Oak Leaf Clusters, the Presidential Citation, Good Conduct Medal and the African Campaign Ribbon.