Remembering An American HeroPosted on 12/2/13 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.orgDear 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 email@example.comLarry 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) firstname.lastname@example.orgI 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 email@example.comSky 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 firstname.lastname@example.orgI 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 email@example.comMemorial 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 firstname.lastname@example.orgIt 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.