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John R. Kailer, Jr.

Sergeant First Class John R. Kailer, Jr., 59, died August 7, 2003, in Newnan, Georgia, and was buried with full military honors at Fort Benning, Georgia.

SFC Kailer was born to Scottish-Welsh and Native American parents in Waco, Texas, in 1943 and was raised in Ontario, California. His two loves were music—playing with the 6th U. S. Army Band—and shooting at USAMU.

SFC Kailer was a Service Pistol and International Pistol shooter assigned to the USAMU Pistol Branch from 1970 to the mid-1980s.

SFC Kailer earned the U. S.  Army Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge in 1971 and was awarded the United States International Distinguished Shooter Badge in 1981 for his medal winning performance at the Championship of the Americas in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

SFC Kailer retired from the Army in 1985 after 23 years of honorable service. His family relates that he never forgot the camaraderie of the Pistol Team shooter at USAMU. For those who shot with John they will remember him as a determined competitor who was never satisfied with anything but first place.


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