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Charles E. Commando  Kelly

 

TAPS

Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Highwood Cemetery

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Born:  September 23, 1920 at Pittsburgh, PA

Entered Service in the US Army from Pittsburgh, PA

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism September 13, 1943 at Altavilla, Italy

Died:  January 11, 1985 at the age of 64

Corporal Kelly voluntarily joined a patrol which located and neutralized enemy machinegun positions. He volunteered to establish contact with a battalion of infantry believed to be located on Hill 315, a mile distant. He traveled over a route commanded by enemy observation and returned with the correct information that the enemy occupied Hill 315. Returning to a nearby storehouse for more ammunition he was given the mission of protecting the rear of the storehouse and held it throughout the night. The following morning the enemy attack was resumed and Kelly took a position at an open window of the storehouse. He delivered effective fire upon the enemy until the weapon locked from overheating. At this critical point, with the enemy threatening to overrun the position, he picked up 60mm mortar shells, pulled the safety pins, and used the shells as grenades, killing at least five of the enemy. When it became imperative that the house be evacuated, he volunteered to hold the position until the remainder of the detachment could withdraw. As the detachment moved out, Corporal Kelly was observed loading and firing a rocket launcher from the window. He was successful in covering the withdrawal of the unit, and later in joining his unit.

 

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