Joe Kelley

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Joseph Pearl "Joe" Kelley (born c. 1929 - died January 7, 1953) was drafted into service in the Korean War. After his tour was over he was killed in the crash of an Associated Air Transport Curtiss C-46F chartered to return 40 servicemen from Korea to Fort Jackson, South Carolina via Seattle, Washington. Apparently downed by icing, the plane's wreckage was found in the Wasatch Mountains near Pat Hollow, Idaho with no survivors.

Kelley met his wife, Yvonne, at a roller-skating rink in Brookside. They were married in June 1951. Before he returned she bought a red Ford touring car and planned a road trip with him. She was informed of his death when she went to visit her mother not long after the wreckage was found.


  • Botkin, Ben (November 9, 2008) "Servicemen survived Korea only to die hours from home." Twin Falls (Idaho) Times-News