Bell, Keith Willard, A1C

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Airman 1st Class
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30050-Electronics Systems Technician
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Electronics Systems
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1950-1953, 5th Air Force
Service Years
1949 - 1953
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Airman 1st Class

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Milpitas, CA

Date of Passing
Jan 05, 2011
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Keith Bell

PEORIA - Keith Willard Bell, 79, of Milpitas, Calif., formerly of Peoria, passed away Jan. 5, 2011, at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fremont, Calif.

There will be no services or visitation. Cremation was accorded by San Jose Neptune Society.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on June 2, 2011

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In July 1948, the 314th transferred to Smyrna AFB, Tennessee, and reorganized as the 314th Troop Carrier Wing in September 1949. On September 20, 1949, the 62nd was re-designated and, one month later, activated as the 62nd Troop Carrier Squadron (Medium). That same month, the C-47 Skytrain was replaced by the new airlift mainstay, the C-119 Flying Boxcar.

In August 1950, the 62nd went out on the road for what was intended to be a 60-day temporary duty assignment to Japan. It was to become a four-year stay in sunny, scenic Ashiya, Japan. The unit was originally tasked to join United Nations forces in the Korean conflict as a rotational unit. However, as the fighting on the Korean peninsula escalated, the commitment of the 62nd TCS to theater operations expanded and the squadron remained in Japan for approximately 4 years. During the Korean Conflict, while assigned in Ashyia, the 62d temporarily became known as the "Blue Barons." The blue portion of their emblem derived from their squadron color. "Baron" was chosen because history designates a baron as one of high position and honor, and a leader in the line of peers. The 62nd, having earned nearly every major honor and award for participating in the Korean War, returned from Ashiya, Japan to Sewart AFB, TN, with a distinctive title that captured the true spirit of the squadron...
The 314th and 62nd late in Keith's service had their Boxcars stripped of insignia in order to carry out supply and napalm missions over Vietnam in support of the French under seige at Dien Bien Phu.

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Note from Michael S. Bell - 21 Mar 2011
Keith Bell was my uncle.

Vernon Leigh Bell, his brother and my father:

Following the war, Keith became a lifelong Pacifist and eventually retired as a Social Worker.

His female heirs, 12 Mar 2011 in La Crescent, MN reunion:

His male heirs, 12 Mar 2011 in La Crescent, MN reunion: 

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Anderson, Samuel Egbert, Gen, (1924-1963) A23 AAF MOS 1063 Lieutenant General
Brown, George Scratchley, Gen, (1941-1978) Colonel
Polifka, Karl Lewis, Col, (1938-1951) Colonel
Porter, Edwin, Col, (1952-1982) 52 52RXA Colonel
Roberts, George Spencer, Col, (1941-1968) Colonel
Rogers, Turner Clifton, Maj Gen, (1936-1966) Colonel
Royal, Francis Robert, Col, (1940-1968) A23 AAF MOS 1055 Colonel
Hess, Dean Elmer, Col, (1941-1969) 102 1021A Lieutenant Colonel
McBride, William P., Maj Gen, (1941-1973) Lieutenant Colonel
Asla, Felix, Maj, (1942-1952) Major
Burns, Robert J., Lt Col, (1951-1971) Major
Freligh, Lawrence Ervin, Maj, (1942-1954) A23 AAF MOS 1051 Major
Guarna, Vincent, Maj, (1946-1968) 153 1531 Major
Harker, Chester Vernon, Lt Col, (1942-1963) Major
Myers, Thomas Ellis, Maj, (1942-1950) Major
Petrovich, John R., Lt Col, (1938-1968) A23 AAF MOS 1055 Major
Tahsequah, Meech, Lt Col, (1941-1950) A23 AAF MOS 1060 Major
Austin, Arthur Myles, Maj, (1939-1951) A23 AAF MOS 1082 Captain
Ballard, Dewey, Col Captain
Bennett, Jr., Chauncey Aubrey, Capt, (1950-1951) 102 1021A Captain
Casaccia, Libero Paul, Capt, (1942-1951) A23 AAF MOS 1055 Captain
Conley, Eugene Ogden, Lt Col, (1944-1967) Captain
Cope, Troy Gordon, Capt, (1942-1952) Captain
Crowell, Dean Garland, Capt, (1944-1950) A23 AAF MOS 1055 Captain
Dingle, Harry Waldo, Capt, (1941-1951) Captain
Dixon, Henry Trimble, Capt, (1942-1951) 105 1051A Captain
Elsom, William Henry, Capt, (1950-1952) A23 AAF MOS 1055 Captain
English, Eugene Minot, Capt, (1948-1952) Captain
Fisher, William Royal, Capt, (1944-1952) A23 AAF MOS 1024 Captain
Hannaford, Gerald K, Lt Col, (1942-1964) 112 1121Z Captain
Isaacson, Clayton M., Brig Gen, (1941-1970) Captain
Keil, Lillian Kinkela, Capt, (1943-1955) 976 9761 Captain
Laden, Robert Edward, Capt, (1941-1950) Captain
Pratt, Charles William, Capt, (1945-1951) A23 AAF MOS 1055 Captain
Schenck, Robert Lenard, Capt, (1942-1952) A23 AAF MOS 1051 Captain
Shawe, Hamilton Bruce, Col Captain
Simler, George Brenner, Gen, (1942-1972) Captain
Smith, Ronald R., Col, (1943-1973) 143 1435A Captain
Zumhingst, Herbert, Lt Col, (1943-1984) A23 AAF MOS 1093 Captain
Allen, James Rodgers, Gen, (1944-1983) 21 21 First Lieutenant
Baxter, Thurston Richard, 1st Lt, (1950-1951) A23 AAF MOS 1055 First Lieutenant
Bitzer, Medon Armin, 1st Lt, (1945-1952) A23 AAF MOS 1055 First Lieutenant
Boyle, Clarence Edward, 1st Lt, (1944-1951) First Lieutenant
Cooper, Samuel Buck, 1st Lt, (1949-1951) First Lieutenant
Crandall, Robert Vernon, Lt Col, (1940-1972) First Lieutenant
Dishon, Donald C., Lt Col First Lieutenant
Evans, William, Gen, (1943-1978) First Lieutenant
Habakangas, Wilbert Edward, Capt, (1943-1951) First Lieutenant
Kevil, George Edward, Capt, (1946-1954) A23 AAF MOS 1055 First Lieutenant
Lindsey, George Newton, Capt, (1951-1967) First Lieutenant
Matthews, Enoch, 1st Lt First Lieutenant
Miller, Howard Preston, 1st Lt, (1950-1951) A23 AAF MOS 1055 First Lieutenant
Nichols, Hubert Campbell, Col, (1950-1966) A23 AAF MOS 1055 First Lieutenant
Prebbanow, James C., 1st Lt, (1945-1950) First Lieutenant
Swanson, John Andrew, 1st Lt, (1944-1951) First Lieutenant
Thomas, Norbourn, 1st Lt, (1942-1950) First Lieutenant

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