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Thomas John Kelly

Death 6 Oct 1943
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets Of The Missing
Memorial ID 169304042 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until October 7, 1944, 1 year and 1 day after he went missing as was the custom.

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Son of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Kelly who resided in Bristol, Connecticut.

Thomas served as a Machinist's Mate Third Class, U.S.S. Selfridge (DD-357), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Hartford County, Connecticut prior to the war.

The U.S.S. Selfridge, along with the U.S.S. O'Bannon (DD-450) & U.S.S. Chevalier (DD-451), although greatly outnumbered, attacked six Japanese destroyers, three destroyer transports, and smaller armed craft in the Battle of Vella Lavella.

The Selfridge was hit by an enemy torpedo and had 13 killed, 11 wounded, and 36 missing during the attack.

Thomas was declared "Missing In Action" in this attack during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 6424143

The U.S.S. Selfridge survived being torpedoed, was repaired, and survived the war. She earned four battle stars during World War II.

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Special thanks to:
Janice Hollandsworth for finding that this record was not recorded at Manila!

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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 4 Sep 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 169304042
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas John Kelly (unknown–6 Oct 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 169304042, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .