Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
April 13, 1923 at Rada, WV
Service in the US Army from Keyser, WV
31, 1945 at the age of 21
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
January 30, 1945 at Kesternich, Germany
Kelley heroically spearheaded an attack in house-to-house
fighting. He led his men through mortar and small arms fire in
repeated assaults on barricaded houses. Twice wounded, he
refused to withdraw. His wounds forced him to fire his rifle
with one hand, resting it over his left forearm. To blast his
way forward with grenades he set aside his rifle to pull the
pins with his teeth while grasping the missiles with his good
hand. Despite these handicaps, he created havoc in the enemy
ranks. He rushed one house, killing three of the enemy.
Approaching the next house, he was fired upon from an upstairs
window. He killed the sniper with a single shot and killed
another enemy soldier who ran from the cellar. That night he
assigned his men to defensive positions, never leaving to seek
medical attention. At dawn the squad resumed the attack,
advancing until stalled by enemy fire. Despite his wounds,
Sergeant Kelley moved out alone, located an enemy gunner and
killed him. He returned to his men and found that a German
machinegun still held up the advance. He valiantly dashed into
the open and attacked the position single-handedly. Hit several
times he fell within 25 yards of his objective but summoned his
waning strength to silence the weapon before he died.