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Howard1955

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Sometimes we need to see a story that inspires us. With that in mind, here is John J. Kelly.

Please share some others, I need to see some good.


John Joseph Kelly
Date of birth: June 24, 1898
Date of death: November 20, 1957
Burial location: Des Plaines, Illinois
Place of Birth: Illinois, Chicago
Home of record: Chicago Illinois

Received 2 Medal of Honor awards: One from the Army, and one from the Navy.

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private John Joseph Kelly (MCSN: 87666), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 78th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Blanc Mont Ridge, France, 3 October 1918.

Private Kelly ran through our own barrage 100 yards in advance of the front line and attacked an enemy machinegun nest, killing the gunner with a grenade, shooting another member of the crew with his pistol, and returning through the barrage with eight prisoners.

Valor awards for John Joseph Kelly

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Andy54Hawken

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For those who would like to read more of the Marines in WWI , I would suggest:
Fix Bayonets by John W. Thomason Jr.
Captain USMC
His Time In Hell by Warren R. Jackson.

I learned of the Marines in WWI , while painting a mural of the history of the 9th Infantry Regiment when I was in the Army.
The 9th at the time of WWI was in the 2nd Infantry Division US Army and the Marine Regiments 5th and 6th were attached to the 2nd ID.
The 2 ID was a warring unit and the Marines attached did see some heavy fighting.
Andy
 

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