James Johnson Kelly
March 29, 1928 – December 29, 2018
Unit: 99th Fighter Squadron and 332nd Fighter Group

Maj. James Johnson Kelly began his career in 1946 with the 99th Fighter Squadron and 332nd Fighter Group. He served in the Korean War at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, and he retired in 1971 as a Major in the Air Force and a Squadron Commander.

in 1946 Kelly entered the Army Air Forces and he was assigned to the 99th Fighter Squadron and 332nd Fighter Group. Kelly started as a Technical Sergeant and eventually earned a commission at Lackland AFB in 1955, in San Antonio as a First Lieutenant. By the time he retired after 28 years in the Air Force Kelly was a Major. He qualified as an instructor for the AT-6 and T-33. He also became a Squadron Commander.

In the Korean War, Kelly earned medals for evacuating wounded Marines at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.

He was buried with honors at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery January 10, 2019

Kelly was born in High Point North Caroline and at an early age his family moved to Lynchburg, Virginia. In 1969, he married a single mother (Sally) and became a stepfather for her daughter and son. He held many positions in his chosen hometown, San Antonio, Texas: VC San Antonio Planning Commission, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Community Workers Council of San Antonio, and he was a trustee on the Our Lady of the Lake University Trustee Board.

Union Square Times


More Posts

Charles Roach

Charles Roach Class: 45-F-TE Graduation Date: 9/8/1945  Unit: 477th Bombardment Group, Service # T70431  “You can’t fight your way up to the top with your fists. You can with your character.” At the beginning of

Read More »

John L. Hamilton

John L. Hamilton December 13, 1919 – November 21, 1982 Class: 43-E-SE Graduation date: SE 5/28/1943 Rank at time of graduation: 2nd Lt. Service # 01576078 From: Greenwood, MS Very little has been documented about

Read More »

Richard S. Harder

Richard S. Harder August 14, 1922 – February 2, 2020 Class: 44-B-SE Graduation date: 2/8/1944 Rank at time of graduation: 2nd Lt. Unit: 99th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group Service # 0821914 From: Brooklyn, NY

Read More »

Eleanor Thompson Wortz

Eleanor Thompson Wortz June 5, 1921 – DOD Class: 43-W-4 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) and Houston Municipal Airport (Tex.) Assigned Bases: Love Field (Dallas, Tex.) and Victorville Army Air Base (Calif.) Planes flown:

Read More »

Send Us A Message