Lest We Forget - African American Military History by Researcher, 
				Author and Veteran Bennie McRae, Jr.

In-Memoriam : Fred Kelly Fay

Fred Kelly Fay


Fred Kelly Fay passed away on Saturday, November 18, 1995, in Kerrville, Texas at age 75.

He was born in Mexico on April 4, 1920, the son of Andrew and Mary Castro Fay, and was a descendant of Adam Fay who was one of the original members of the Seminole-Negro Indian Scouts. The family moved to a ranch in southwest Texas during the early 1920's where Fred grew up and mastered the skills of ranch duties.

During world War II, Fred served in the U.S. Army and was severely wounded while being assigned to the 255th Port Battalion in the European Theater of Operations.

After discharge from the Army, he returned home to west Texas and continued ranch life as a cowboy, bronco rider, sheep and goat herder. He retired as a cotton gin operator in Lamesa, Texas and moved to Brackettville in 1985. A few years later he became caretaker of the Seminole Indian Scout Cemetery at Brackettville, and held that position until a few months before he death.

He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 8360 and a member of St. Mary Magdalene Knights of Columbus Council No. 8225.

Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 22, 1995 at the St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. Burial followed and Fred is resting at the St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Cemetery. The San Felipe Del Rio Veterans Honor Guard provided full military honors. Pallbearers were Bill Whitworth, Bill Riley, Pete Bland, Jerry Franklin, Henry Gonzalez and Manuel Gonzalez.

NOTE: Fred Fay was the first person that I met and talked with on my first visit to Brackettville during February, 1994.

Fred Kelly Fay

Category: Western Frontier | Subcategory: Seminole Negro Indian Scouts | Tags: Fort Clark , Brackettville , Fred Fay , Fred Kelly Fay , World War II , Texas
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