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    AMEDD Museum - Major Charles Kelly Flight Jacket [Image 3 of 3]

    AMEDD Museum - Major Charles Kelly Flight Jacket

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, TEXAS, UNITED STATES

    07.01.2022

    Photo by Francis Trachta 

    Army Medicine History

    This flight jacket belonged to Major Charles L. Kelly, one of the leading figures in establishing the need for independent aeromedical evacuation units. His actions and exploits were also instrumental in forming the basis for the special esprit de corps of all "DUSTOFF" units.

    While on a MEDEVAC mission on 01 July 1964 in Vinh Long, Vietnam Major Kelly was advised to leave dangerous airspace. His reply, "when I have you your wounded," was delivered just moments before he was killed by enemy fire. His sacrifice was recognized by the posthumous award of the Distinguished Service Cross.

    Worn by Major Charles Kelly (KIA) during service in Southeast Asia. Kelly was the Commanding Officer of the 57th Medical Detachment (Helicopter Ambulance) from 11 January 1964 until he was killed in action on 1 July of the same year while trying to evacuate a wounded American advisor along with several ARVN wounded. MED 2009.48.1


    AMEDD Museum, Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, TX, 01JUL2022 (U.S. Army photo by Francis S. Trachta/Released)

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    IMAGE INFO

    Date Taken: 07.01.2022
    Date Posted: 07.01.2022 15:19
    Photo ID: 7300356
    VIRIN: 220701-A-VG084-0258
    Resolution: 1800x1800
    Size: 1.51 MB
    Location: FORT SAM HOUSTON, TEXAS, US

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    Downloads: 1

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