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Kiley Leroy David

Leroy David  Kiley
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Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia
Columbarium No 1

LT Leroy Kiley was born on March 28, 1890 and was from Chicago, Illinois. He flew with the “Foggiani” in Italy during the First World War. More about Kiley from his April 1991, Chicago Tribune Obituary: LAWYER LEROY D. KILEY, 101, DECORATED WW I BOMBER PILOT CHICAGO TRIBUNE LeRoy D. Kiley, a decorated World War I bomber pilot who flew with the Italian and British before returning to Chicago in 1919 to work as a patent attorney, died April 14 in Reno, Nev. He was 101. Mr. Kiley was born in 1890 in Chicago and attended the Armour Scientific Academy, later the Illinois Institute of Technology. In 1915, he graduated from Kent College of Law. He was admitted into the bar the same year, said his son, David, of Reno. Mr. Kiley enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1916, but trained mostly with the Italians. He flew with Italy during World War I, his son said, becoming a Caproni bomber pilot while flying with the Royal Italian Air Corps. He later transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in England. He received a number of awards for valor, including the Crown and Eagle of Italy and the U.S. Victory medal, his son said. He volunteered for duty during World War II and rose to the rank of colonel with U.S. Air Force intelligence, his son said. Between the wars, he worked in Chicago for Belmont Packing Co. until 1925, when he left for Washington, D.C., to form an oil and gas distribution company, his son said. Mr. Kiley worked at Bendix Aviation for about 20 years before he retired in 1958. Besides his son, he is survived by seven grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Mr. Kiley`s ashes will be kept at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.