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Utility Broker

Local Address: San Antonio, Texas, United States

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Opelika-Auburn News | AP courses preparing students for college, 10 Sept 2004 [cached]
Bobby Kelley, a counselor at Opelika High School, said for the 100 students who take AP courses - U.S. history, economics and honors English - they become better prepared for taking the AP exam, required by colleges.And because students are taking harder and more advanced courses, their reading and writing skills are enhanced as well as out-of-the-classroom experiences, he added.
"It gives them a wider perspective," Kelley said.
Bobby Kelley (Data ..., 18 Nov 2007 [cached]
Bobby Kelley (Data Contact)Opelika High School1700 Lafayette PkwyOpelika, AL 36801Phone: (334) 745-9715Fax: (334) 745-9721
World War II veteran Robert ... [cached]
World War II veteran Robert Kelley talks about his service in the war.
World War II veteran Robert Kelley talks about his service in the war. / Frank Robertson/Gazette
Seth Kelley, one of Robert Kelley's grandsons, served 16 months in Iraq. / Submitted photo
Col. Sean Kelley, one of Robert Kelley's grandsons, has spent 17 years in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Turkey, various locations in Europe and Africa.
Col. Sean Kelley, one of Robert Kelley's grandsons, has spent 17 years in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Turkey, various locations in Europe and Africa. / Submitted photo
For local resident Robert Kelley, 90, the realization came after he and a few others who were able to walk away from a German prisoner of war camp encountered some GIs and learned the European portion of World War II had ended a day earlier.
"They gave us a can of beenie weenies, and I thought I was in heaven," Kelley said.
Kelley had just spent about eight months as a prisoner of war, the last four months of which were served in a forced labor camp near Dresden, Germany.
The routine repeated itself day after day, which was bad enough for the four months Kelley served but which had to be almost unbearable for some of the British prisoners who had been there closer to four years -- one of whom provided him with a heavy English overcoat that he credits with possibly saving his life during the cold months of that winter.
"That's just the life of a POW," Kelley said.
Kelley's journey to the camp began when he enlisted in the service at the age of 19, then opted to go for airborne training because of the additional $50 per month in pay that airborne service carried. After getting through jump school as a member of the 82nd Airborne, he volunteered for Pathfinder training in England.
There he learned the special set of skills needed to be a Pathfinder -- paratroopers dropped behind enemy lines to use lights and radio signals to mark drop zones for larger airborne invasion forces. His first action as a Pathfinder came in the early morning hours of June 6, 1944 -- the D-Day invasion of the Normandy coast in France.
Pilots transporting the airborne troops were supposed to fly at just 300 feet crossing the English Channel in an effort to avoid detection, then would climb to 500 to 600 feet to safely drop their passengers. That night, however, the pilot of Kelley's plane emerged from cloud cover into anti-aircraft fire and didn't make the climb before permitting the drop.
"We jumped at 300 feet," Kelley said.
Kelley was not hit but was in a position of having to surrender. He remembers another soldier a couple hundred yards farther down the ditch being hit in the knees by the German fire and having to be carried.
Thus began what would be a four-month journey on foot and in boxcars to Stalag 4B near Dresden. Along the way, he experienced several difficult situations.
"Here comes this German Jeep with a man standing up with one of those turret machine guns mounted on the back," he said of one instance. "As soon as he saw that American uniform, he pulled the trigger. I hit the ditch on the left, Matt (another prisoner) hit the ditch on the right."
When the Germans guarding the prisoners were able to stop the shooting, Kelley attempted to help one of the prisoners who had been hit three times across the belt line.
"I thought he was in misery, I know he was, and I was going to give him some morphine (for the pain) and the (German) captain ran me out of there," he recalled. "That boy, he never made it ..."
At another point along the march, they came across an immense pile of cut logs where some additional prisoners had been brought in.
"One of the (American) captains, they dug a hole back in (the pile of logs) and he got in and they closed the hole up," Kelley said. "They marched us out and left him in there.
"I found out later that the Germans burned that wood pile, and that captain was in there."
Kelley was in the Stalag during the incendiary bombing of Dresden by the Allies during February 1945.
Thanks to the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, that invasion was not necessary and Kelley was coming home. :: Obituaries, 18 Mar 2005 [cached]
Robert was a member of the U.S. Air Force and based in Edmonton during WWII.
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