|Birth: ||Dec. 27, 1914, Philippines|
|Death: ||Jun. 6, 1944, France|
Killed in Action June 6, 1944 D Day
Originally buried at Blosville Cemetery in Carentan, France, Maj Frederick Kellam was re-interred at Ft. Sam Houston, in San Antonio, TX in 1948.
Born at Pettit Barracks in the Philippines, where his army doctor father was stationed, he grew up in Texas after his father's untimely death. With his mother and sister; he lived at different times in Brackettville (near old Fort Clark) and in San Antonio. .
Frederick C. A. Kellam gave his life in Normandy, in the desperate early hours after our forces landed from the sea and the air. He went in by air, leading his parachute infantry battalion to seize and hold two key bridges until relieved by ground reinforcements. He did the job, and in doing it, paid the price of a soldier.
The 505th PIR (Parachute Infantry Regiment) crossed the Merderet at the "Kellam Bridge" named after the commander of the 1st Battalion of this regiment, Major Fred Kellam who died for the defense of this bridge.
Born at Pettit Barracks in the Philippines, where his army doctor father was stationed, he grew up in Texas after his father's untimely death. With his mother and sister; he lived at different times in Brackettville (near old Fort Clark) and in San Antonio.
"From His Grand daughter Christie Kellam:" my Grandfather's medals-....he not only rec'd the Purple Heart, more important, he rec'd the Silver Star for valor at La Fiere Bridge pictured on his memorial-He also rec'd the Croix de Guerre (French) for his actions at Ste Mere Eglise.
subject of up coming movie "No Better Place to Die"
American Paratroopers in World War II hold off the German army for three days in the battle for the La Fiere Bridge during the D-Day Invasion. Joshua Biton will play Maj Kellam
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Frederick C. A. Kellam (1881 - 1920)
Elizabeth B Doughty Kellam (1845 - 1930)
Note: Major, US Army, World War II
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
Plot: Section N Site 68
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Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Feb 25, 2000
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