November 10, 2010

Fallen Hero: 2nd Lt Robert M. Kelly, USMC

Second Lt. Robert Kelly was killed Tuesday by a roadside bomb during a foot patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan while serving his 3rd combat deployment.

Lt. Kelly, 29, had served two tours in Iraq as an enlisted Marine before being commissioned in 2008, and was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, at Camp Pendleton.

His service awards include the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Combat Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, according to the 1st Marine Division Public Affairs Office.

He was the son of Lt. Gen. John Kelly, now commander of New Orleans-based Marine Forces Reserve.

 Requiescat in Pace, Marine

This Nation Will Remain The Land Of The Free 
Only So Long As It Is The Home Of The Brave
  - Elmer Davis


Bonnie said...

Rob was the soul-mate of my niece. He will forever be missed in her heart and mine. God Bless the Hero.
Bonnie D.

Popovich said...

My Husband served with Gen Kelly back in 1987 in Quantico VA. We knew Robert when he was 6yrs old. We are thinking of him and his family at this very hard time. God Bless them all.
Semper Fi
The Popovich's