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Capt Lillian Kinkella Keil
Birth: Nov. 17, 1916
Humboldt County
California, USA
Death: Jun. 30, 2005
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Air Force Flight Nurse Pioneer. When the United States entered WW II, she was a stewardess for United Air Lines. She joined the Army Air Force as a flight nurse and by 1943, she was in England treating wounded crewmen from B-17s returning from bombing raids over Europe. She flew on 425 combat evacuation missions, took part in 11 major campaigns, including the D-Day invasion of France, the Battle of the Bulge in World War II and the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in Korea. She is one of the most decorated women in American military history. She was awarded 19 medals, including a European Theater medal with four battle stars, a Korean service medal with seven battle stars, four air medals and a Presidential Citation from the Republic of Korea. Her experiences as a flight nurse were used as the basis for a 1954 Hollywood movie, "Flight Nurse" and she was a technical adviser for the film. Her life story also was told on an episode of the television program, "This Is Your Life" in 1961. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
Family links: 
  Andrew Andrija Kinkela (1893 - 1988)
  Mary Mirja Franciscevich Kinkela (1898 - 1977)
  Walter Gustav Keil (1917 - 1980)
  John J Kinkella (1915 - 1944)*
  Lillian Kinkella Keil (1916 - 2005)
  William Francis Kinkella (1918 - 1989)*
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Cancer
Riverside National Cemetery
Riverside County
California, USA
Plot: Section 20A, Site 1235
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Jul 10, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11328910
Capt Lillian <i>Kinkella</i> Keil
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- bob tarte
 Added: Jun. 30, 2016

- sjm
 Added: Jun. 30, 2016
Thank you for your selfless service.
- SueB
 Added: Jun. 30, 2016
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