Friday, October 7, 2016

SGT Walter J. Kelly

courtesy of Des Philippet
SGT Walter J. Kelly was born about 1914 in Brooklyn, New York one of 5 children of Thomas and Catherine Kelly.  For years the family lived on Coney Avenue and then at 2713 N Avenue in Brooklyn.  His father was a policeman in Kings County.  In 1940, Walter was clerking in a grocery.

After entering the service, Walter was sent to England and assigned to L Company 116th Infantry.  After training with the unit for and participating in the D-Day amphibious assault on the Normandy beach (on 6 Jun 1944), Walter fought inland with his company.  On 17 Jul 1944 he was wounded by shrapnel in the right leg but remained on duty.  On 27 Jul 1944 he was promoted from PFC to SGT.  On 29 Jul 1944 he was evacuated to hospital either for a new injury or because of his old wound.  On 19 Sep 1944 he was returned to the unit from the replacement depot.  SGT Kelly was killed in action on 7 Oct 1944.

SGT Kelly is buried in the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery.

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