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In honor of John Kelly, Army - Served in World War II
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
(Submitted November 4, 2008 by Terry Kilian)

What a privilege it is to write a tribute to my dad, John M. Kelly, a WW II veteran. He really did not say to much about the war. He said "the heroes are the ones buried over there".  He was on a ship to Australia. Most of the food on the ship was spoiled, even the bread was moldy. He was stationed in Iran, called Persia at that time. He was a supply sergeant. He told us they would buy a goat from the locals and roast it on a Saturday night. When my sister and I were going through some of his pictures we found one that showed whole streets with bodies hanging from gallows. He did not come home from the war until I was almost 4 years old. He was a stranger to me then, but he is a hero to me now. My election day will be filled with his memory.

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