Arthur Ferdinand Kelting was born near Downer, Minnesota on January 27, 1917. He was first named William Henry after the Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. When the United States declared war on Germany during April of 1917, the German community marched to the house and demanded the family change the name or they would place a yellow ribbon around the house to isolate them. Although his name was changed, the family forgot to change the name on his birth certificate. It wasn't until he tried to enter the Army Air Corps and needed his birth certificate did his mother realize they had not officially changed his name.