Munfard Kelley, a 28-year old married man from the cotton fields in northern Alabama was known as “Pop” in his company. He was married to a young woman named Edna Duvall when he enlisted at Fort McPherson in Georgia on 6 April 1944, two months before D Day.
“Pop” was later assigned to Fox Company, 16th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division which had suffered enormous losses during the invasion of Normandy. On November 19, 1944, Munfard Kelley was killed in action in the vicinity of Hamich, Germany. His fellow comrade Charles N.Shay, medic in F Co, tried to assist him to save his life.
“I have the picture of what happened in my mind as if it happened yesterday. I do not want to sound dramatic but it is so. I remember hearing him call for me. He always used to call me “Doc” and I heard the call “Doc, Doc”. I knew it was him because I recognized his voice.