Marine awarded Silver Star for Vietnam heroics a half century later

A Marine was awarded the Silver Star for his actions during the Vietnam War more than half a century after his heroic deeds.

Lance Cpl. Raymond Kelley received the Silver Star at a ceremony hosted by the National Museum of the Marine Corps on May 18 ― exactly 51 years after the fateful incident that earned him the nation’s third highest award for combat bravery.

Kelley was a machine gun team leader serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, on May 18, 1967, when his outfit was tasked to provide relief to a pinned down unit.

Kelley maneuvered his team to provide suppressive fire on the enemy position, but enemy fire intensified on Kelley’s unit and the team took multiple casualties.

Read the full article on Military Times

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