Note: MARSHALL NEWS MESSENGER dated July 26, 1945 KELLY LOST ON JAP TRANSPORT THIRD MARSHALLITE ON ILL FATED SHIP Captain Jack W. Kelly, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Kelly Sr., of Marshall, was aboard the ill-fated Japanese prison vessel sunk December 15, 1944, in the Pacific area, according to information received here from his brother, F. S. Kelly Jr., of Shreveport. It previously had been learned that two other men, Captain Cary M. Abney Jr. and Lieutenant Thomas Underwood Austin, were aboard the same ship. All three men have been listed by the war department as killed in action December 15, 1944, while being transported aboard a Japanese vessel. Captain Kelly, whose wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Kelly, and six year old daughter, Kay, live in McKinney, arrived in the Philippines in August, 1941. A member of the air force stationed at Clark field, near Manila, Captain Kelly was made commanding officer of his squadron when the former commanding officer was killed on December 7, soon after the Japs had bombed Pearl Harbor. He was reported missing in action when Bataan fell and in October, 1942, was listed as a prisoner of war. He was sent to Camp O'Donnell and later to Cabanatuan, where he wrote a letter on December 13, 1944, to his wife telling her that he was being sent to Japan. Captain Kelly entered the service in July, 1941, with the commission of first lieutenant which he received from Texas A&M college. At the time he entered the service he operated a sporting goods store in Tyler. Prior to that he worked for the Lone Star Gas Company in Dallas and the Tyler Gas Company. Born in Marshall, Captain Kelly was a graduate of high school at Texarkana where the family lived a short time.
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