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Gen Kelley Benjamin Lemmon, Jr
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Birth: May 14, 1912
Great Diamond Island Landing
Cumberland County
Maine, USA
Death: Feb. 11, 2012
Gaithersburg
Montgomery County
Maryland, USA

MG, US Army (Ret)

Born at Fort McKinley ME

He graduated from West Point US Military Academy and was commissioned as an infantry officer in the US Army in 1937. In 1944, as Battalion Commander 2nd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division "Red Diamond", out in front of General George Patton's Third Army approaching the Seine River, he was leading his armored squadron. As his tank was crossing a bridge over the Seine, the Germans blew the bridge, narrowly missing then-LTC Lemmon. Seeing boats on the other side of the river, he swam across while under enemy fire and brought the boats back to his side of the shore, then sending a fire team over to begin the process of building a pontoon bridge. This enabled the Third Army to cross the river. He received the Distinguished Service Cross for gallantry from General Patton for this act of heroism. His other military awards include the Bronze Star with V Device and Oak Leaf Cluster. He retired from the Army in 1979. He became a competitive swimmer, as well as a wonderful mentor, with the DC Masters Swimming team. At the age of 72, he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of fame after establishing many swimming records, including a national and world record in the 50 meter freestyle long course.

He was predeceased by his parents, COL Kelley B Lemmon, Sr and Ann Kincaid Lemmon; his brother, COL Jay Grant Lemmon; and his wife, Mary Reynolds Lemmon. He is survived by four children and eight grandchildren. A memorial service was held at the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel June 29, 2012, followed by internment with his wife at Arlington National Cemetery. 
 
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 Parents:
  Kelley Benjamin Lemmon (1885 - 1971)
  Ann Kinkaid Lemmon (1893 - 1969)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Reynolds Lemmon (1916 - 2007)
 
 Sibling:
  Kelley Benjamin Lemmon (1912 - 2012)
  Johnson Grant Lemmon (1916 - 2011)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 59 Site 2865
 
Created by: A Horan
Record added: Jun 25, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92569713
Gen Kelley Benjamin Lemmon, Jr
Added by: A Horan
 
Gen Kelley Benjamin Lemmon, Jr
Added by: A Horan
 
Gen Kelley Benjamin Lemmon, Jr
Added by: A Horan
 
 
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Thank you for your service. Rest in peace.
- Lesly
 Added: Mar. 25, 2013
 
 
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