Charles L KellyMajor
57TH MEDICAL DETACHMENT, MACV
Army of the United States
10 April 1925 - 01 July 1964
Warm Springs, Georgia
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Major Charles L. Kelly was not known as a fighter but as a savior of life. He went into harm's way on a daily basis to rescue wounded comrades as a pilot of "Dust-Off" Medical Evacuation flights. His impression on the fairly new concept of helicopter evacuation will be long lived.
He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
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Notes from The Virtual WallCharles L. Kelly served in World War II. After discharge he completed high school and college, then spent time as an educator before reentering the Army as a commissioned officer. He was graduated from flight school at Fort Sill, OK, on 2 Oct 54.
In Vietnam, Major Kelly was the third Commanding Officer of the 57th Medical Detachment. He and three others were aboard the UH-1B (tail number 63-08591) when it went down:
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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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