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Gerard A Kelker of Laporte Indiana killed in South Pacific WWII

Gerard A Kelker of Laporte Indiana killed in South Pacific WWII

Posted: 9 May 2005 3:05AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 27 Jun 2005 4:36AM GMT
Surnames: dwiggins, ingram
Gerard A. Kelker of Laporte, Indiana was killed August 10, 1943, while serving in the South Pacific during world War II.

He is officially listed as missing or buried at sea and his name appears on the “Tablets of the Missing” at the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines. We are seeking information regarding his military and civilian life and especially locate any family members still living so we can send them the free photograhs of his grave site and the beautiful memorial in the Philippines.

I am a retired Hoosier from Madison County residing in the Philippines with my Filipino wife. We are seeking family and military information about servicemen from your county killed in the South Pacific during World War II. There are 17,206 Americans buried here and thousands more that are missing or buried at sea and are honored on the “Tablets of the Missing”. Please visit our website to see the beautiful memorial located in Manila, Philippines.

http://fizkid.tripod.com/

My wife and I visited the cemetery as visitors and left with a mission in our heart. We have been taking photographs of the graves of the Indiana servicemen buried here and have been uniting them (at no charge) with their family members in Indiana and across the United States. To receive the photo of your family member, neighbor or friend all you need is a working email address. We do not send them to regular mailing addresses due to the costs. Please help us find the families of the men that might still be living. Our project is only successful because of teamwork and your contributions are noted on our website. If you wish to help us we will be pleased to add your name to our ACKNOWLEDGMENT page on the website. The obituaries usually did not appear till to three months after the death date.

If you are not a genealogist you can help by just picking up the telephone directory and find someone with the same last name and give them a call. It has worked many times for us.

Zenas5@yahoo.com

Sincerely,

Dave and Apple Dwiggins
San Pablo City, Philippines

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Re: Gerard A Kelker of Laporte Indiana killed in South Pacific WWII

Posted: 9 May 2005 3:36AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 27 Jun 2005 4:36AM GMT
Surnames: dwiggins, ingram
I am sorry for the error. He is from Allen County Indiana.

Re: Gerard A Kelker of Laporte Indiana killed in South Pacific WWII

Posted: 22 May 2008 9:16PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Kelker
I'm the Gr-niece of Gerard Kelker. I would love to see some photos. Although he was actually from Ft. Wayne, IN. Not LaPorte. Though it is the same person. He was a medic during the war and died while seeing action in Luzon. Although my grandmother died in 2000, Gerard still has a brother and sister alive who would be greatful for any pics. you have. Thank you for doing a great service.

Re: Gerard A Kelker of Laporte Indiana killed in South Pacific WWII

Posted: 22 May 2008 11:15PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Kelker
To Family of Gerald A Kelker: Thanks so much for contacting us. Your family is the 199th different family of an Indiana serviceman to be contacted. We are pleased to serve you and hope to do so soon. We have our records and photos ready to send, we just need a working email address to send to. Please send the information ASAP so we can get started. The photos are free and we are proud to serve you.

Our records do indicate Jerry was from Fort Wayne and not sure where the La Porte info came from I tried back tracking to find why but after 30 minutes figured it doid not matter so much.

We enjoyed a great relationship with William Rudolph from Ireland who served with Jerry. William has now passed away but in his final wishes, he wanted me to help him find the graves of all of his buddies from Company I. William had contact with many families and sent these on to them.

As we mentioned earlier, the photos are free and all we really request is that...if you have a photo you can scan of him in uniform, we certainly would appreciate one to add to his record and especially for our website where we can honor him further.

We do enjoy receiving any newspaper articles especially obits too. They help us find additional family and friends.

I will send this now so we can get an email contact to send you the records and photos. God Bless the family of Gerald A. Kelker.

Sincerely,

Dave and Apple Dwiggins
San Pablo City, Philippines

Re: Gerard A Kelker of Laporte Indiana killed in South Pacific WWII

Posted: 22 May 2008 11:16PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Kelker
To Family of Gerald A Kelker: Thanks so much for contacting us. Your family is the 199th different family of an Indiana serviceman to be contacted. We are pleased to serve you and hope to do so soon. We have our records and photos ready to send, we just need a working email address to send to. Please send the information ASAP so we can get started. The photos are free and we are proud to serve you.

Our records do indicate Jerry was from Fort Wayne and not sure where the La Porte info came from I tried back tracking to find why but after 30 minutes figured it doid not matter so much.

We enjoyed a great relationship with William Rudolph from Ireland who served with Jerry. William has now passed away but in his final wishes, he wanted me to help him find the graves of all of his buddies from Company I. William had contact with many families and sent these on to them.

As we mentioned earlier, the photos are free and all we really request is that...if you have a photo you can scan of him in uniform, we certainly would appreciate one to add to his record and especially for our website where we can honor him further.

We do enjoy receiving any newspaper articles especially obits too. They help us find additional family and friends.

I will send this now so we can get an email contact to send you the records and photos. God Bless the family of Gerald A. Kelker.

Sincerely,

Dave and Apple Dwiggins
San Pablo City, Philippines

Re: Gerard A Kelker of Laporte Indiana killed in South Pacific WWII

Posted: 22 May 2008 11:17PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Kelker
To Family of Gerald A Kelker: Thanks so much for contacting us. Your family is the 199th different family of an Indiana serviceman to be contacted. We are pleased to serve you and hope to do so soon. We have our records and photos ready to send, we just need a working email address to send to. Please send the information ASAP so we can get started. The photos are free and we are proud to serve you.

Our records do indicate Jerry was from Fort Wayne and not sure where the La Porte info came from I tried back tracking to find why but after 30 minutes figured it doid not matter so much.

We enjoyed a great relationship with William Rudolph from Ireland who served with Jerry. William has now passed away but in his final wishes, he wanted me to help him find the graves of all of his buddies from Company I. William had contact with many families and sent these on to them.

As we mentioned earlier, the photos are free and all we really request is that...if you have a photo you can scan of him in uniform, we certainly would appreciate one to add to his record and especially for our website where we can honor him further.

We do enjoy receiving any newspaper articles especially obits too. They help us find additional family and friends.

I will send this now so we can get an email contact to send you the records and photos. God Bless the family of Gerald A. Kelker.

Sincerely,

Dave and Apple Dwiggins
San Pablo City, Philippines

Re: Gerard A Kelker of Laporte Indiana killed in South Pacific WWII

Posted: 22 May 2008 11:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Kelker
Sorry for sending the same message several times. We received an error message here indicating the message did not post.

Kelker of Indiana - Looking for living relatives please

Posted: 18 Jan 2010 2:57PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: kelker
ENLISTMENT

Name: Gerard A Kelker
Birth Year: 1919
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Indiana
State of Residence: Indiana
County or City: Allen
Enlistment Date: 17 Jan 1941
Enlistment State: Indiana
Enlistment City: Fort Wayne
Branch: Medical Department - For Enlisted Men of the Medical Department (includes Enlisted Men of the Medical Department on Duty with the Dental Corps)
Branch Code: Medical Department - For Enlisted Men of the Medical Department (includes Enlisted Men of the Medical Department on Duty with the Dental Corps) or Army Nurse Corps
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Component: National Guard (Officers, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)
Source: National Guard
Education: Grammar school
Civil Occupation: Elevator operators
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 70
Weight: 165


1930
Arthur D Kelker 48
Clara M Kelker 48
Robert Kelker 21
Catherine Kelker 18
Andun Kelker 16
Stephen Kelker 14
Gerard Kelker 11
Bernard Kelker 9
David Kelker 7
Clara Kelker 5
Home in 1930: Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana


NOTE: I AM NOT FAMILIAR WITH AMERICAN RANKS SO NOT SURE:

World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas

Name: Gerard A Kelker
Inducted From: Indiana
Rank: Technician Grade Five
Combat Organization: 152nd Infantry 38th Division
Death Date: 1 Feb 1945
Monument: Fort William McKinley, Manila, The Philippines
Last Known Status: Buried
U.S. Awards: Purple Heart Medal
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