Madison in Madison County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Captain Colin P. Kelly, Jr.
to the memory of
Captain Colin P. Kelly, Jr.
who served his country and his men
with distinction and bravery,
giving his life in the Pacific
Established by an Act of Congress
July 2000 & dedicated August 2000
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Heroes • Patriots & Patriotism • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Distinguished Service Cross/Navy Cross/Air Force Cross Recipients series list. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1941.
Location. 30° 28.104′ N, 83° 24.703′ W. Marker is in Madison, Florida, in Madison County. Memorial can be reached from Southwest Pinckney Street just east of Shelby Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is mounted at eye-level, just to the right of the Post Office entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 197 Southwest Pinckney Street, Madison FL 32340, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Captain Richard G. Bradford (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); W.T. Davis Building (about 500 feet away); Seminole Indian War Blockhouse (about 500 feet away); The Four Freedoms Monument (about 500 feet away); City of Madison (about 700 feet away); Dial-Goza House (about 800 feet away); St. Johns Seminary of Learning (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Mary's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
Regarding Captain Colin P. Kelly, Jr.. The "Four Freedoms Monument" and Colin Kelly Highway, both in Madison, Florida, are dedicated in his honor.
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1. Colin Purdie Kelly Jr. (Wikipedia). Kelly was born in Madison, Florida in 1915 and graduated from high school there in 1932. He went on to West Point in 1933, graduated in the Class of 1937, and was assigned to a B-17 bomber group. As a World War II B-17 Flying Fortress pilot, he flew bombing runs against the Japanese navy in the first (Submitted on May 5, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Captain Colin Kelly USAAC: America’s First World War Two Hero. On December 10th 1941 five B-17s were sent to attack a Japanese convoy- the first bombardment mission of World War II. Later that day Captain Kelly, flying B-17C serial number 40-2045 alone and without fighter escort, attacked what his crew believed at the time was the battleship IJN Haruna but was likely the cruiser IJN Natori instead. During the return flight back to Clark, Kelly’s B-17 was savagely attacked by Japanese Zero fighters. Sergeant William Delahanty was killed during the first attack. A second attack set the bomber ablaze. Kelly ordered his crew to bail out of the stricken bomber and continued to try and bring the aircraft back to Clark Field. Not long after the crew bailed out the B-17C exploded, killing Kelly. The rest of Kelly’s crew survived the mission. (Submitted on May 5, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Captain Colin Kelly, Jr. American Hero. After World War II ended Captain Colin Kelly’s remains were brought from the Philippine Islands and were buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery in his hometown of Madison, Florida. An American hero had returned home. Posthumously Captain Kelly was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroic service to our nation. (Submitted on May 5, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 3. submitted on May 5, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.