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Northern Italy 14 May 1945 Mr. George Marvin Kelly, Parksley, Virginia. Dear Mr. Kelly: Your letter of 17th April 1945, addressed to Commanding Officer, Company "F", has been referred to me for appropriate action. I am able to give you the following information. Your son, Pvt. Keith M. Kelly, was instantly killed in Northern Italy on 4th October 1944 when hit by fragments of an enemy artillery shell which landed near him. His body was taken to an American Military Cemetery in Northern Italy, where he received burial rites of the Protestant Church. Permit me to extend our sympathy. How well I know that words sound meaningless at such a time. Let me remind you, though, that the ways of God are past finding out; and assure you that "all things must work together for good to them that love God." For the Christian, death is but a gateway to Eternity, as Jesus clearly teaches when He says, "I am the Resurrection and the Life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die." Go, therefore, to God in earnest prayer; study His Word diligently. There you will receive true comfort, even in this hour of grief. Mr. Kelly, our country, for whose freedom and future well-being your son fought and died, owes him a debt that can never be paid. Let us, with the help of God, build up a memorial to Keith and the others who so unselfishly gave their lives, by securing the freedom and liberty that have made America great. Let us insist on a just peace that will insure freedom from war for the coming generation, God willing. We are also grateful to you. You have made a great sacrifice for your country. Sincerely yours, Oscar H. Reinboth OSCAR H. REINBOTH Lutheran Chaplain OHR:EWH