EDDIE R KELLEY
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HONORED ON PANEL 29W, LINE 80 OF THE WALL

EDDIE RALPH KELLEY

WALL NAME

EDDIE R KELLEY

PANEL / LINE

29W/80

DATE OF BIRTH

11/23/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH DUONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/19/1969

HOME OF RECORD

DETROIT

COUNTY OF RECORD

Wayne County

STATE

MI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR EDDIE RALPH KELLEY
POSTED ON 5.27.2024
POSTED BY: Daron Duncan

My uncle

You died 2 days after my first birthday. Although I never met you I think of you often. My military picture stood next to yours in grandmas house. I’ve been told I look like you and it’s true. I wish I could have know you.
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POSTED ON 3.12.2023
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Some may think you are forgotten
Though on earth you are no more
But in our memory you are with us
As you always were before….
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POSTED ON 12.9.2021

Misadventure (Friendly fire)

SGT Thomas M. Deitz, SGT David S. Pellew, and SP4 Eddie R. Kelley were infantrymen serving with Mike Platoon, B Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. On March 18, 1969, they were in the first day of a company-sized patrol in an area approximately seventy miles north of Saigon in Binh Duong Province, RVN. B Company’s platoons were dispersed, operating within a thousand yards of each other, as they searched for Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army units infiltrated from Cambodia. After patrolling all morning and half the afternoon, Mike Platoon settled into an open area of waist-high dry grass. Contact had recently been light, so the men relaxed as they formed up in a circle, guns facing out. The platoon leader, a lieutenant, took his radioman with Deitz, Pellew, and Kelley out on a quick patrol to reconnoiter an area for the evening’s ambush team. They moved out through the six o’clock position of the platoon’s perimeter. About thirty minutes later, they radioed that they were coming back in. As they approached the nine o’clock position of the perimeter, they surprised an M60 gunner set up on that side. He opened up, spraying the returning patrol with 7.62mm automatic weapons fire. Deitz was killed instantly after being struck in the head, and Pellew and Kelley were mortally wounded after receiving numerous hits. The lieutenant and radioman dove down in time, and neither were injured. The platoon medic quickly went to work on the two wounded men. Pellew was unconscious and required an emergency tracheotomy to keep him breathing. He was still alive when placed on the medivac helicopter about twenty minutes later. Kelley, who was hit multiple times in the body, talked to and even joked with the aidmen. Both men, however, were dead on arrival to the medical station. The shooter, in a state of shock after the incident, was removed from the field by a separate helicopter. He was reportedly transferred out of the unit and never seen again. The three lost men were memorialized a week later at a firebase during a service conducted by the Battalion chaplain. Each man received a posthumous promotion, Deitz and Pellew to Staff Sergeant, and Kelley to Sergeant. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information provided by Robert Reese (November 2021)]
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POSTED ON 1.25.2021
POSTED BY: Robert B Reese Jr

Member of my platoon

He was a fine soldier.

RIP Eddie "Hippy" Kelly
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POSTED ON 11.15.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sgt Eddie Kelley, Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. Your 71st birthday is next week, happy birthday. I researched you on your 51st anniversary, sad. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. We are approaching Thanksgiving. The time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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