In search of Constantine J. Keloss (or Kaless or Keloas) or Gus Kaoss
Each of these names and possible spellings surfaced in researching the then-17 year old Greek-American lad you see in this photo. Selected by the UNRRA as the livestock “handler” on their Veterans contracted flight to Athens, he became a bit of a celebrity along with his charges. He attended high school in Somerville, NJ, and reportedly was in 4-H. Thomas Cowart, our flight engineer, clearly remembers Constantine (aka Gus?). And the search continues to locate him – or at least spell his name correctly!
For now, to read the full story of Constantine and the three baby cows donated by the Borden Co. for a Greece war-relief effort in 1946, click here.
Series of Updates 2016 thru 2018
The above Post was published in December last year (2015).
This recently located Veterans Air Crew Manifest lists “Handler” in August 1946 on a UNRRA flight to Athens as Constantine J. Keloss.
The flight manifest revealed his name for the first time in association with the Veterans Air Athens flight. It is spelled Keloss. Yet, military enlistment records (which I am 98.5% certain are his) show Kaless. And so it went.
Efforts continued to locate Constantine or expand his minimal background (from Somerville, NJ and a member of 4-H), but he remained elusive until…
Constantine Kaloss – spelling confirmed by Somerville High School from which he was graduated in 1946.
I spoke with his nephew, Michael, who called him Uncle Gus and about whom he had very fond and loving memories. He told me his Uncle had passed away many years prior. Our loss.