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 John D. Kelly

John D. Kelly

Birth
Venango, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 23 Nov 1944 (aged 21)
France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot Plot A, Row 44, Grave 7
Memorial ID 55823655 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a Technical Sergeant (then Corporal) in Company E, 314th Infantry, 79th Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Fort du Roule, Cherbourg, France, on June 25, 1944. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. When Cpl. Kelly's unit was pinned down by heavy enemy machinegun fire emanating from a deeply entrenched strongpoint on the slope leading up to the fort, Cpl. Kelly volunteered to attempt to neutralize the strongpoint. 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 machinegun fire and placed the charge at the strongpoint'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 strongpoint's rear entrance. When this had been blown open he hurled hand grenades inside the position, forcing survivors of the enemy guncrews 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". Later killed in the war, his Medal was posthumously awarded to him on January 4, 1945.


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John D. Kelly (8 Jul 1923–23 Nov 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 55823655, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .