LESLIE, Mich. (AP) — Sixty-six years after William Kelley Jr. died during basic training, the Jackson-area soldier finally has a military marker on his grave.
In May 1943, the Army sent a telegram to Kelley's family in Leslie reporting his death. The 19-year-old was at Fort Bliss, Texas, when his appendix ruptured.
The Jackson Citizen Patriot says brothers Robert, Laurence, Gordon and Paul also served in the military and survived the war. Robert Kelly of Vandercook Lake is the only one still alive.
The family first began working 15 years ago to get a bronze grave marker for Cpl. William Kelley. The loss of military records in a fire delayed the process until Fort Bliss managed to track down papers on him.
Information from: Jackson Citizen Patriot, http://www.mlive.com/jackson
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