2nd Lt. John R. Jack Kingrey

Born in Rochester, Minn., 1920. Earned his wings in March of 1942 at Ellington Field in Texas. He flew patrols over the West Coast with the IV Fighter Command. He perished when his P-38 developed trouble near Paine Field, Everett, Washington, Dec. 17, 1942. Son of Roy and Frances Kingrey. Roy was a WWI veteran and owner of Kingrey's Store for Men. Jack's three brothers and his sister also served in the military. His commanding officer, Brig. Gen. William E. Kepner, said in a letter to his parents, "Lt. Kingrey was fine young man, a splendid pilot, and a soldier of excellent character." Lt. Gen. Henry Arnold said, "Lieutenant Kingrey had an exemplary record. During his entire army life, the record of Lieutenant Kingrey has been marked with honest endeavor, reliability, perseverance, and his death represents a distinct loss to the service." Not surprising. Jack was an Eagle Scout who stood around 6' 4" and one of those people who excelled at everything he did.







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