Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly Bolor

Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly Bolor

Died November 15, 2003 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom

37, of Whittier, Calif.; assigned to the 137th Quartermaster Company, U.S. Army Reserve, based in South El Monte, Calif.; killed Nov. 15 when two 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters went down in Mosul, Iraq.
Soldier killed in Iraq returns to his native Hawaii
Associated Press

LAHAINA, Hawaii — He had moved with his wife and young son to southern California, but Sgt. 1st Class Kelly Bolor never lost touch with his native Hawaii, and the first thing he planned to do after returning from Iraq was to visit his hometown here. “He said after everything was done, he wanted to come home and relax,” recalled his brother, Conrad Bolor. Bolor did come home, but in a coffin. On Nov. 22, Bolor’s family buried him at Maui Memorial Park in Wailuku. The 37-year-old soldier was among 17 people killed on Nov. 15 when two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters plummeted to the ground in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Bolor, who was born in Wailuku and raised in Lahaina, was the third-oldest child in a Filipino family of five boys and a girl raised by their mother, Annie, after her husband died in 1968. She put her children through Sacred Heart School by working in the cafeteria there. Bolor was on the wrestling team at Lahainaluna High and joined the Army soon after graduating in the hope it would lead to a better education and better life, Conrad Bolor said. Soon after enlisting, Bolor met his wife, who also shared the name Kelly, and the two eventually moved to Whittier, where they lived with their 3-year-old son, Kyle. He eventually became a reserve member of the Army Reserve’s 137th Quartermaster Company stationed in El Monte, Calif. Bolor was called to active duty in January and deployed to Iraq in February, family members said. His job was to ferry supplies to soldiers on the front lines. He told his brother in one letter of witnessing the aftermath of a battle that reminded him of the devastation portrayed in the movie “Black Hawk Down.” “He said everything was just demolished,” Conrad Bolor recalled. “He told me that his soldiers would never forget what they saw.”

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  1. I Salute Sgt. 1 st. Class Kelly Bolor and all of our brother’s and Sister’s killed in actions in the service of our country. It is my Pleasure to still serve in the Honor of all Our Fallen Warriors as a Fund raiser towards the finished memorial. I travel the Highways and Biways of Northern california representing the memorial. It is the greatest honor any man or person can enjoy.

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