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is honored on Panel 35W, Line 77 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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    Posted on 9/17/16 - by Lydia L. Kelly
    I am Lydia Kelly, your cousin Brian's wife. I never knew you but we visited
    the Wall and left a flower and touched your name. You were too young to die.
    Thank you is not enough. Brian has told me a lot about you. I wish I could
    have known you. Thank you for your sacrifice that can never be repaid.
    Rest in the loving arms of God.
  • Ground Casualty

    Posted on 2/28/16 - by
    SGT James M. Kelly was an airborne qualified infantryman assigned to C Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade. On January 12, 1969, he was fatally injured when the Claymore mine he was carrying suddenly exploded. An investigation into his death determined that the firing device for the mine had been disconnected but the blasting cap was still attached. The investigators surmised that as SGT Kelly retrieved the firing wire, static electricity was generated by his act of rolling the wire, creating a significant enough charge to cause the mine to detonate. [Taken from and the book Fragging by George Lepre]
  • Your "Bright Eyes"

    Posted on 10/21/14 - by Meg
    Not a day goes by, even now, that I don't think about you and wonder......what if......we never got the chance to marry and have the life we planned together. and we had so many wonderful plans. I have lost you, your Mom and Dad. My fondest memories were of snuggling with you and Casey on the sofa watching the tube and Sunday dinners with your Mom and Dad. I miss us. I miss your family.

    Know you continue to be missed and loved now and forever. Your Bright Eyes
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 2/23/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SGT James Michael Kelly, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • We Remember

    Posted on 12/19/04 - by Robert Sage
    James is buried at Baltimore Nat Cem.
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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