39th Bomb Group (VH)
Gunner's Badge


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Unit Citation
and Awards

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Oak Leaf Cluster

Service Awards

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1st Lt John B. Keliiaa

John Bertrand Keliiaa was born Aug 19, 1923.

He married Lenora Scott Keliaa; They have 3 sons, Paul, John and Curtis and 2 daughters, Gloria and Cassie.

WWII Enlistment data shows that Keliiaa's residence state and county was White Pine County, Nevada. His place of enlistment was Buckley Field, Denver CO. Date of enlistment was 16 Feb. 1943. (Enlisted Reserve).

Per Ted Kalenterides - After the war, John worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He died of a heart attack while in Washington DC.

John Keliiaa died Jan 7, 1962. Burial took place Jan 11, 1962 at Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The above information was compiled from the obituary of Paul Bertrand Keliiaa, son of John & Lenora Keliiaa;; WWII Enlistment Database (National Archives) and Ted Kalenterides letter dated 6/24/1994.

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Source: Obit of Paul B. Keliiaa, WWII Enlistment Records, and Ted J. Kalenterides letter dated 06-24-1994