George D. Kellogg Jr. (1944/03/19)
The Watsonville High School Class of 1940 lost one of its own and a young girl lost her fiancé.
George Dewey Kellogg Jr. was born about 1922, to Mr. and Mrs. George D. Kellogg. The location of his birth and early life has not been established. At least a portion of his formative years was spent at the family residence on Brennan Street in Watsonville. Between 1936 and 1940 he attended Watsonville High School and was among the 1940 graduates.
In 1943 George Kellogg joined the US Army Air Force and was assigned to the AAF ground forces technical training command. During this period, he was sent to the armorer school at Buckley Field, Colorado, and later graduated from the gunnery school at Harlingen, Texas.
George announced his engagement to Virginia Rimassa in October 1943, while home on leave before being shipped overseas.
Kellogg was sent to Italy in March 1944 and assigned to a B-17 crew as an aerial gunner. On March 19, 1944, while on a mission over Italy, the Flying Fortress in which Staff Sergeant George Dewey Kellogg Jr. was a crewmember was hit by enemy fire and crashed.
His body was never recovered. He was memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy. His awards include the Air Medal and Purple Heart.
(ABMC, WRP April 14, 1944 1:2, July 3, 1944 1:2, November 9, 1944 1:3)