Silver Star: Half Century Later

Silver Star: Half Century Later

I just read in The Purple Heart magazine that a Marine Vietnam Vet had received a Silver Star for action while serving with “D” Co. 1st Bat.3rd Marines He was given the award at a ceremony hosted by the National Museum of The Marine Corps. The award was presented to L/Cpl Raymond Kelley on 18-May-2018 exactly 51 years after the action. On 18-May-1967 Kelley was a machine gun team leader when his unit was tasked with to provide relief to a pinned down unit. His team began to receive heavy fire and took multiple casualties. Disregarding his own safety he repeatedly placed himself in the open to assist the wounded Marines and help them to the platoon command post where they could receive medical attention and while ignoring his own wounds continued to fight until the enemy disengaged. It did not say where this took place maybe someone reading this has more detail. Anyway, congrats LCpl Kelley wherever you are and, as always well done and SEMPER FI!!


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  • Ray Kelley

    Murray….1/3 was still on the float during Operation Buffalo. I think they stayed on it until May of 1968. I was on Buffalo and went home in August of 1967….Semper Fi…..Ray

  • Murray Hermanson

    I am glad they where persistent, and you got the medal. It’s a shame it took so long. Where you still with 1/3 in July67? I think they came off the float for Operation Buffalo.

  • Harry

    Happy to hear from you Ray! Again Ray well done and Semper Fi!! Harry

  • Tom Breeds

    Ray Kelley, no better friend. No worse enemy

  • Ralph Schroder

    Hey Kelley, I just read this initial post and was going to say that Machine Gun Kelley lives in Worcester, MA and is one hell of a crazy Marine like a lot of us and a good friend to many. Take good care, stay well and Semper Fi. my friend, Schroder. Delta 1/4 April ’66 to May ’67. I guess that I don’t need to email you all of the comments.

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