Biography

Kelly, Walter J. [SFC SS A29thIR]

Kelly, Walter J.

Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 192 - 26 September 1950

Sergeant First Class Walter J. Kelly, RA6982467, Infantry, Company A, 29th Infantry, United States Army.  On 18 August 1950 near Odang-dong, Korea, Sergeant First Class Kelly's platoon was serving as a wire party for an infantry battalion when the latter was attacked and flanked by the enemy.  Quickly organizing his men into an effective rifle team, Sergeant First Class Kelly led his unit, in conjunction with another platoon, in a spirited counterattack to attain objectives forward a mile and a half.  After withdrawing to battalion reserve for the night, he led them again on 19 August in another attack which, spurred by his personal example of courage and determination, was eminently successful.  Sergeant First Class Kelly's heroic leadership and will to fight to victory served as an inspiration to his men and reflect great credit on himself and the military service.  Entered the military service from New Jersey.