JAMES M KELLY
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HONORED ON PANEL 12E, LINE 43 OF THE WALL

JAMES MATHEW KELLY

WALL NAME

JAMES M KELLY

PANEL / LINE

12E/43

DATE OF BIRTH

01/30/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/08/1966

HOME OF RECORD

ATMORE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Escambia County

STATE

AL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES MATHEW KELLY
POSTED ON 12.23.2019
POSTED BY: Daniel Cogné

SILVER STAR

James Mathew Kelly was awarded posthumously the Silver Star (Coffelt Database).
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POSTED ON 11.17.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sp4 James Kelly, Thank you for your service as a Medical NCO. Thank you for the lives you saved. Your 53rd anniversary just passed, 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, guidance and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 9.28.2019
POSTED BY: Chaplain (LTC) Vance B. Mathis, U.S. Army Retired

Remembering a Hero

I was JM’s unit chaplain. I stayed in the field & he and I shared a “tent” together his last night. A battle broke out the next morning. JM was killed almost instantly. When his body was brought back to command center, I helped place him on an evacuation helicopter. Six years later, I visited his mother in Atmore, AL. I got to know JM rather well before he was killed. He died a hero and was awarded the Silver Star.

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POSTED ON 6.28.2018
POSTED BY: Mike Switzer

Tribute to Sky Soldier

On behalf of all the paratroopers who served with you in the 173rd Airborne Brigade (Separate) and all who followed, we offer our respect and remembrance of your ultimate sacrifice. May you never be forgotten and your family and friends take comfort in your valor in serving.
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POSTED ON 9.26.2016

Final Mission of SP4 James M. Kelly

Operation Attleboro was a search and destroy operation conducted northwest of Dau Tieng, Tay Ninh Province, RVN, during September 14 – November 24, 1966. While the initial fighting was light, in late October U.S. forces, consisting of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade and the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment (25th Infantry Division), encountered the 9th Viet Cong Division, resulting in a major three-day battle. It was a slugfest of small units set amid treacherous terrain of tangled forest, overgrown jungle, and booby-trapped elephant grass. On November 6th, an airmobile assault by two battalions from the 28th Infantry was launched in an effort to seek out a Viet Cong regiment and its base camps where fighting had been raging in the previous days. After patrols “mopped up” the hostile fire that was taken in the landing zone, the battalion settled in for the night. The next day patrols were sent out, but no enemy contact was made. On the early morning of the 8th, as the battalion was preparing to pull out, a Viet Cong battalion attacked. PFC Howard L. Bowen was on listening post duty 30 meters outside the perimeter all night before the attack. When he tried rejoining his Bravo Company in the morning before sunup, he had been shot down by the VC. A platoon fire-team leader making his rounds found Bowen, lying flat and sore, stricken with a wound in his right side. The platoon medic was called, but instead SP4 James M. Kelly came on the run, out of the dark. He knelt to examine Bowen’s wound. A bullet ripped through the left shirt pocket of his blouse, shredding the garment without breaking skin. Kelly laughed nervously. Fingering the tear, he said to the fire-team leader, “Just look at it. Isn’t it a funny one?” Suddenly, a second bullet hit Kelly through the neck, killing him instantly, then, deflecting downward, went through Bowen’s heart. The fire-team leader checked them both for pulse and heartbeat, and finding nothing, crawled on. At a foxhole 15 meter along, SP4 Nathaniel Wyley and PFC Rafael Vega-Maysonet, were dead, killed by enemy small arms fire. Meanwhile, at the platoon command post, 1LT Bernard F. Kistler had been killed by an enemy .50 caliber round through his head. In the Alpha Company sector, as the enemy blew bugles and assaulted the perimeter, CAPT Ronald V. Putnam was killed by a machine-gun burst, nine bullets hitting him in the head, five of which perforated his steel helmet. Despite the casualties, including 22 killed, the battalion, supported by air strikes, held its ground and the enemy withdrew. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, wikipedia.org, and the book “Ambush” by S.L.A. Marshall]
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