Monday, October 11, 2010

Medal of Honor Monday: John D. Kelly

"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.  On 25 June 1944, in the vicinity of Fort du Roule, Cherbourg, France, when Cpl. Kelly's unit was pinned down by heavy enemy machine gun fire emanating from a deeply entrenched strong point on the slope leading up to the fort, Cpl. Kelly volunteered to attempt to neutralize the strong point.  Arming himself with a pole charge about 10 feet long and with 15 pounds of explosive affixed, he climbed the slope under a withering blast of machine gun fire and placed the charge at the strong point's base.  The subsequent blast was ineffective, and again, alone and unhesitatingly, he braved the slope to repeat the operation.  This second blast blew off the ends of the enemy guns.  Cpl. Kelly then climbed the slope a third time to place a pole charge at the strong point's rear entrance.  When this had been blown open he hurled hand grenades inside the position, forcing survivors of the enemy gun crews to come out and surrender.  The gallantry, tenacity of purpose, and utter disregard for personal safety displayed by Cpl. Kelly were an incentive to his comrades and worthy of emulation by all." 

From Cpl. Kelly's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on January 24, 1945.
May you be at peace,

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