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GEORGE THOMAS KELLY III


is honored on Panel 11W, Line 41 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 4/23/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear 1LT George Thomas Kelly III, sir

    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, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • Salute to a Fellow Tar Heel Veteran

    Posted on 8/18/11 - by Jim and Tom Reece reecejim@yahoo.com
    You gave your life for your Country, and for this we Salute You.
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 5/24/11 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    George is buried at Guilford Memorial Park, Greensboro, Guilford county,NC. DSC BSM ARCOM PH
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    Posted on 5/21/10
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  • Distinguished Service Cross

    Posted on 12/27/09 - by Randy Dunham faocsalumni@sbcglobal.net
    1LT Kelly was a graduate of Field Artillery OCS Class 512-68

    *KELLY, GEORGE THOMAS, III
    First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army
    Battery C, 6th Battalion, 14th Artillery, I Field Force, Vietnam
    Date of Action: April 22, 1970
    Citation:
    The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George Thomas Kelly, III, First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving an opposing armed force in the Republic of Viet Nam, while serving with Battery C, 6th Battalion, 14th Artillery, I Field Force, Vietnam. First Lieutenant Kelly distinguished himself while serving as forward observer with a Vietnamese battalion near Dak Seang. Lieutenant Kelly's battalion had been engaged with a North Vietnamese Regiment in continuous combat for several days. During the previous night the battalion had been aggressively attacked by the enemy who had moved to within thirty meters of the battalion's perimeter. Only through Lieutenant Kelly's daring and precise artillery adjustment was the enemy attack repulsed. During the early afternoon of 22 April 1970, Lieutenant Kelly led his beleaguered comrades in an attempt to break through the enemy encirclement and reach Camp Dak Seang. After several hours of travel, a bomb crater large enough to be utilized as a landing zone was discovered. A medical evacuation helicopter was immediately summoned by radio. Moments after the helicopter's arrival, the enemy emerged from the tree line and struck Lieutenant Kelly's force again. Because of the intense hostile fire, the heavily laden helicopter experienced great difficulty in taking off. Lieutenant Kelly unhesitantly left the ship to engage the enemy in an attempt to divert their fire and to allow the helicopter to depart. As Lieutenant Kelly maneuvered to one side of the clearing to provide cover fire, he was mortally wounded by enemy small arms fire. First Lieutenant Kelly's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
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