Major Discovery Brings Closure After World War II Soldier Goes Missing

May 28, 2018May 28, 2018

Memorial Day is a time when people across the globe can come together and remember the brave men and women who died by paying the ultimate sacrifice and fighting for our country. This year, some special people have some extra closure after a major discovery was made.

Tom Kelly enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944. He had wanted to be a cowboy when he grew up but decided to join the service. Sadly, he never returned home.

Kelly's plane went missing after it was presumed to have crashed into the Pacific Ocean. Reports stated that it was thought to have crashed due to Japanese anti-aircraft fire. He went officially missing for years.

However, his plane was recently discovered at the bottom of a bay off the coast of Papua New Guinea! IT was a touching moment for his family.

"This discovery of where the wreck is, of seeing pictures and videos of the wreck on the floor of Hansa Bay. My goodness, it brings closure in a way we didn't expect," said Scott Althaus of Urbana, Illinois.

The family had been searching for answers about their fallen hero for a long time. Tom was a wonderful man and his family is proud of the sacrifice he gave for this wonderful nation.

"He was a very gregarious man. He kept up the correspondence with I think 38 different people stateside while he was overseas. He was just everybody's friend, very well liked," said Althaus, Kelly's first cousin once removed. "It would have been something to see what he would have done after coming back from the war if that had been his outcome."

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