Oct. 26, 2020

Stories of Sacrifice - POW/MIAs - LT Walter A. Kelso Jr EP21

LT Walter A. Kelso Jr. - 19th Bomb Group, US Army Air Corps who fought valiantly in the defense of the Philippines during the outbreak of WW2. He was held in POW camps in the Philippine Islands from May 1942 until his transfer to POW Slave Labor Camps in Japan in December 1944 aboard the infamous “Hell Ships.” How LT Kelso survived the horrendous treatment in the POW Camps in the Philippines and the Hell Ship events during transport to the Japanese Island is astonishing but through all he suffered in 2 years, 9 months and 10 days as a POW, he died at Kokura Military Hospital on 4 February 1945. His remains were returned to the US after the war and he is buried at the Galveston Memorial Park cemetery, Galveston, TX.

This is his story of Sacrifice as told to us by his grandson Mark Kelso.

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