Kelton Rena Turner

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
15 July 1956 - 15 May 1975
Los Angeles, CA
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Campaign, Vietnam Service

The database page for Kelton Rena Turner


I have worn Kelton Turner's MIA bracelet for 7 years now. I just found this site and I have learned that he has come home to be grieved and laid to rest. I would love to have anyone who knew Kelton to get in touch with me. I would love to hear a story about him or to see a photo of him. I will now set his bracelet in a safe place and get another to remind those that forget.

Thank you to all of you.

Kelton - Thank you most of all for making the whole experience more personal, for giving a girl a name to say "I want him home". Thank you for so selflessly giving your life so that our principles would be upheld. You will always be with me and in my heart. - Shawna

PFC K R Turner was among the Marines tasked with recapturing the SS MAYAGUEZ when she was captured by Cambodian forces near Tang Island, Cambodia. While the ship itself was recaptured by Marines boarding from the destroyer USS HOLT, Marines landing on the island itself to locate the ship's crew took a beating. While the forces completed their mission and withdrew in good order, several aircraft were lost. PFC Turner was aboard a USAF CH-53 helicopter that was shot down over water. His remains were returned with others in 1995 and positively identified in 2000.

A complete description of the MAYAGUEZ incident is on the site.

A memorial from one who wore his MIA bracelet,
Shawna York
P O Box 67, Greens Fork, In 47345 
29 May 2001

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)