John L. Kaelin

USS UTAH  BB-31 / AG-16

The Forgotten Ship of Pearl Harbor

John L. Kaelin

Yeoman 3rd Class


John L. Kaelin was a native of California and enlisted in the Navy on August 18, 1941. He reported for duty to the USS Utah on September 10, 1941. Kaelin was killed in action on December 7, 1941 during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously and remains on duty with his shipmates aboard the Utah. He is commemorated on the Memorial Tablets of the Missing, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii. John was survived by his mother, Mrs. Emma Christine Kaelin of San Francisco, California.