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Field Kindley

On March 13, 1896, in the little town of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, a boy who was later to become one of the greatest air aces of his time, Field Kindley was born. In the early years of his life he attended the grammar school of Gravette, Arkansas. As a young man he came to Coffeyville where he worked with Mr. Perry in a local theater. 

When the war broke out, Mr. Kindley enlisted as and soon became a first lieutenant in the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps. He ranked as the fourth American Ace with twelve German planes and one balloon to his credit. He received citations and medals from practically every allied nation that participated in the war. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross of England and the Distinguished Service Cross of the United States, the highest honors that these nations can award any individual. People who saw him in stunting exhibitions with Eddie Rickenbacker and other well-known aces said that Captain Kindley's skill in handling his plane even exceeded that of Captain Rickenbacker, the foremost American Ace. 

Field Kindley was killed in a airplane accident February 1, 1920 at Kelley Field, San Antonio, Texas. In 1929 the new Coffeyville high school building was named Field Kindley as a memorial to him. His picture is mounted in the first floor corridor. The school was dedicated on Friday, March 6, 1931