It is all about freedomPosted on 7/18/16 - by Barry Hendrix, US Navy 1970-79Larry was a brave and courageous friend who gave the ultimate sacrifice - to fight communism so others could be free. Without such AMERICAN men from all previous generations and wars we and many others around the world would not be free today. I was fairly safe on an aircraft carrier off Vietnam in 1972 after the Army was pulled out, but knew we would end it and we did by bombing relentlessly for 9 months. We always thought about those who served before us. So Sad Larry and Stan Sargent - two good friends - did not make it back, but they are remembered along with the other 58K who fought and died so others could be free.MORE
My American Hero.....Posted on 7/18/16 - by email@example.comLarry my friend. Remember partying with you just 2 days before you shipped out to that God Forsaken place Never to come back home to Blytheville. I too was in that Damn war in 1969 . Lost 9 of my guys over there in 3 fire fights.Just knew it was my turn next but for some reason the Good lord said NO. Why ? I'm still wondering why I was saved. Hopefully one of these days He'll let me know. Until then I'll keep feeling Guilty why not me....Carry non American Hero Carry on.. 2nd Battalion 502nd Infantry 101 st Airborne Division 1969... Fast EddieMORE
Larry M. Kelly, SGT U.S. ArmyPosted on 3/20/15 - by Senior Chief Aviation Structural Mechanis (AW) Jimmy S. Wyatt USN, RetI did not personally know Larry Kelly. He was a few years ahead of me in High School. He, none the less left a very strong impression on me and many of my classmates. Especially those in ROTC. His service and sacrifice are greatly appreciated and his dedication, honor, courage and finally, his willingness to give his all were and still are a lofty goal for all our Brothers and Sisters-in-arms. He died in a foreign land a hero to be remembered, honored and, revered as a person of great integrity and personal strength. A role model for all who would follow in his steps. Gone but NOT Forgotten. Rest in peach my BrotherMORE
Brother Gone But Not Forgotten EVER!Posted on 3/19/15 - by firstname.lastname@example.orgHey my Brother Larry Kelley, We had some fond times together even in the Bush and humping everyday from mountain top to mountain. I have you etched in my heart forever Bro.. RIP I will never forget you.MORE
A REMEMBERED FRIENDPosted on 3/19/15 - by Debbie Langley MooreLarry, you were a special friend. Thank you for your service for your country. You were loved by many and still missed.
A Brother Not ForgottenPosted on 11/20/14 - by Paul Daton email@example.comI was there that day. Kelly was a good friend and brother. I was with him at the end. He got hit hard getting ammo for Griff on the M60. He gave his life that the rest of us could live. I loved him and will never forget him. "In Life and Death - always One". God bless you Kelly.MORE
Uncle LarryPosted on 11/7/14 - by Tina Kelley Atkins firstname.lastname@example.orgUncle Larry, my daddy's youngest brother. I was just a few days from being 4 yrs old when you were taken from us. I thank you with all my heart for your service and the ultimate sacrifice to our country. I wish I would have been able to know you. Love, TinaMORE
Thank you Uncle LarryPosted on 5/26/14 - by Carol Anne KelleyThank you for serving our country. Altbough you died 2 months before I was born, I always think of you when I see our American flag. My father and your brother, Henry missed you dearly over the years and it was hard for him to watch any movies depicting Vietnam. You are a true American Hero Uncle Larry and I salute you in Heaven.MORE
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 12/2/13 - by Curt Carter email@example.comDear SGT Larry Milton Kelley, sirMORE
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
We RememberPosted on 5/23/11 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgLarry is buried at Elmwood Cemetery, Blytheville, AR. BSM-OLC AM ARCOM PH
To A Childhood Friend and A Fellow SoldierPosted on 11/30/10 - by SFC Charles (Bubba) Crews (Ret) email@example.comI grew up just a few blocks from where Larry was living, he was a very good friend. Not one person could ever say anything bad about him, he was a very good person. I still think back to the days when we would get together and play wiffle ball next to his house. It was a real shock when we found out he had been killed in Vietnam. He inspired me to join the Army and to also to reenlist to go to Vietnam. He was a remarkable person and friend. I still think of him with memories of our childhood. I miss and love you my friend.MORE
The Last HoursPosted on 10/28/09 - by James M. Kelley firstname.lastname@example.orgSky Solders from Lima Platoon, Bravo Company, 3d Battalion, 503 Infanty, 173d Airborne Brigade settled in for the night near An Khe Vietnam. It was Easter Sunday and during the early morning hours. The Platoon unknownly settled down a few hundred yards from an NVA base camp that had an estimated strength of 300 solders. Lima Company had about 25 men and a patrol dog. The dog alerted numerous times during the night. They were being probed by the NVA to determine Platoon strength and position. When the NVA hit them, they fought hard. There were numerous blood trails and NVA bodies (including one Chinese) to attest to the fact. Sources think there were a couple of survivors from Lima Company who escaped across a river, but this is unconfirmed. Eleven Brave Sky Soldiers including my Brother, SGT Milton Larry Kelley, fought bravely and gave there lives for our country. SGT Kelley was in Vietnam from October 2, 1967 to April 7, 1969. He was awarded nine medals, including the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star with "V" and Oak Leaf. He was 20 years of age and came from Blytheville Ar. Memorial Services were held for the 11 Solders at BaoLoc Vietnam.MORE
Details were provided by a member of Delta Company who provided follow up and blocking action.
My Uncle that I never got to meetPosted on 4/10/05 - by Sandy Kelley email@example.comI wished I could have met you ... My Dad loves you, and misses you very much. As do all his brothers and Sisters throughout their lives.MORE
They carry on with thoughts and memories of Love with their spirits forever and always, as do I.
To an American heroPosted on 4/7/05 - by Don Tolle tollesDB@aol.comEven though I didn't know Larry Milton Kelley personally, it does not lessen my considering him a hero. I spent 4 years in the Korean War and I have this to say "When you are being shot at, you are a hero if you come back or not." I knew his brother Hank Kelley and if Larry was anywhere like Hank than America lost a good man.MORE
Memorial ServicePosted on 5/2/04 - by James Kelley, SCPO USN Retired firstname.lastname@example.orgMemorial Services were held on April 7, 1969 for SGT Milton Larry Kelley and 10 other Sky Soliers from Lima Platoon, Bravo Company, 3/503/173d.MORE
Perhaps it dosen't matter much;
Still if I had my choice
I'd want a grave, 'mongst soldiers when
At last death quells my voice.
I'm sick of the hypocrisy or lectures of the wise.
I'll take the man, with all the flaws, Who goes through scared, and dies.
The troops I knew were commonplace
They didn't want the war;
They fought because their Fathers and their Father before.
They Cursed and killed and wept...
They're easy to deride... But bury me with men like these; they faced the guns and died.
Its funny when you think of it, The way we got along.
We'd come from different worlds
To live in one where no one belongs.
I didn't even like them all;
I'm sure they'd all agree.
Yet I gave my life for them,
I know some did for me.
So bury me with soldiers, please,
Though much maligned they be.
Yes bury me with soldiers, for I miss their company.
We'll not soon see their likes again;
We've had our fill of war.
But bury me with men like them
Till someone else does more."
NATIVE AMERICAN PRAYERPosted on 3/30/04 - by Chris Spencer email@example.comIt is said a man hasn't died as long as he is remembered. This prayer is a way for families, friends and fellow veterans to remember our fallen brothers and sisters. Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die.MORE
Remembering you.Posted on 4/7/03 - by Michelle SchlattmanOur country is forever grateful for you and what you have done for us. You will always be charished in our hearts.
The Wall of Faces
Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.