Kelly, Robert, CAPT

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1945-1946, USS Irwin (DD-794)
Service Years
1935 - 1961
Captain
Captain

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1913
 
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Home Town
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Last Address
New York

Date of Passing
Jan 27, 1989
 
Location of Interment
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Last Known Activity
Retired
   
Other Comments:
Featured in the book, They Were Expendable, the story of PT boat squadrons in the South Pacfic during WWII. A movie with the same name was produced during the war. John Wayne's character, Lt.(jg) Rusy Ryan, was based on then-Lt. Kelly and his bravery in the Philippines. Kelly sued MGM for how he was portrayed in the film.

On mission to evacuate General MacArthur and other high-ranking officers from Corregidor to Australia, 1942.
   

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Command at Sea

 
 Duty Stations
MTBRON-34Motor Torpedo Boat Squadrons (MTBRON)USS Irwin (DD-794)
  1941-1942, MTBRON-34
  1941-1944, Motor Torpedo Boat Squadrons (MTBRON)
  1945-1946, USS Irwin (DD-794)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Corrigedor
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Eastern Solomons
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1931-1935, United States Naval Academy
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