Taps, Present Arms
R. Kailer, Jr.
Sergeant First Class John R.
Kailer, Jr., 59,
died August 7, 2003,
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
musicplaying with the 6th U. S. Army Bandand
shooting at USAMU.
was a Service
Pistol and International Pistol shooter assigned to the USAMU Pistol
Branch from 1970 to the mid-1980s.
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.
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.