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World War II - U.S. Army

Thomas Joseph Kelly

Details
  • Rank: Corporal
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Medical Detachment, 48th Armored Infantry Battalion,
    7th Armored Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 5, 1945
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Alemert, Germany
Citation
He was an aidman with the 1st Platoon of Company C during an attack on the town of Alemert, Germany. The platoon, committed in a flanking maneuver, had advanced down a small, open valley overlooked by wooded slopes hiding enemy machine guns and tanks, when the attack was stopped by murderous fire that inflicted heavy casualties in the American ranks. Ordered to withdraw, Cpl. Kelly reached safety with uninjured remnants of his unit, but, on realizing the extent of casualties suffered by the platoon, voluntarily retraced his steps and began evacuating his comrades under direct machine-gun fire. He was forecd to crawl, dragging the injured behind him for most of the 300 yards separating the exposed area from a place of comparative safety. Two other volunteers who attempted to negotiate the hazardous route with him were mortally wounded, but he kept on with his herculean task after dressing their wounds and carrying them to friendly hands. In all, he made 10 separate trips throughout the brutal fire, each time bringing out a man from the death trap. Seven more casualties who were able to crawl by themselves he guided and encouraged in escaping from the hail of fire. After he had completed his heroic, self-imposed task and was near collapse from fatigue, he refused to leave his platoon until the attack had been resumed and the objective taken. Cpl. Kelly's gallantry and intrepidity in face of seemingly certain death saved the lives of many of his fellow soldiers and was an example of bravery under fire.
Medal of Honor Recipient Thomas J. Kelly
Medal of Honor Recipient Thomas J. Kelly
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Brooklyn, Kings County, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: October 12, 1945
    The White House, by Pres. Harry S. Truman
  • Born: September 9, 1923, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY, United States
  • Died: October 2, 1988, Somers Point, NJ, United States
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (MH) (7-A-125), Arlington, VA, United States
 

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