Keely, Warren Lee, LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 131X, USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24)
Service Years
1941 - 1944

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Norman, OK
Last Address
Norman, OK

Casualty Date
Oct 30, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Cause
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
IOOF Cemetery - Norman, Oklahoma
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World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial WW II Memorial National Registry
  2017, World War II Fallen
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, WW II Memorial National Registry

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 Duty Stations
NAS AtlantaUS NavyVF-21 Jack and Ace
  1941-1941, S2c-0000, NAS Atlanta
  1941-1942, 6302, V-7 Navy College Training Program
  1943-1944, 131X, VF-21 Jack and Ace
  1944-1944, 131X, USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Specified Raids (1944)/Formosa Air Battle
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Leyte Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  May 15, 1941, Discharged with special orders
  May 28, 1942, Married Rachel Hefley
  Oct 01, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant (junior grade)
  Oct 01, 1943, Promoted to Lieutenant
  May 18, 1945, Oklahoman Given High Navy Award1
  Nov 05, 2017, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On 30 October 1944, while USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24) was patrolling with her task group east of Leyte, she shot down a Japanese kamikaze plane which fell on her flight deck aft, causing fires which set off ammunition. Before the fire could be brought under control, 92 men had either died or were missing. LT Keely was among the missing who were later declared dead.
Service number (enlisted): 4074854
Service number (officer): 105970

Navy Cross
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Warren Lee Keely, United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane and Leader of a Group of Planes in Fighting Squadron TWENTY-ONE (VF-21), attached to the U.S.S. BELLEAU WOOD (CVL-24), during action against enemy Japanese forces near Formosa, on 13 October 1944. Vectored ninety miles to intercept a large enemy force of aircraft, Lieutenant Keely, immediately upon sighting the hostile formation, courageously led his four-plane division into a vigorous air battle. Although outnumbered eight-to-one, he pressed home his fierce attack with unrelenting determination and, maneuvering for maximum combat efficiency, succeeded in sending three Japanese bombers crashing toward the sea in flames, contributing materially to the total destruction of five enemy bombers and five fighters and to the damaging of a sixth fighter by his group. Lieutenant Keely's superb airmanship and valiant fighting spirit in the face of grave peril were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: October 13, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Fighting Squadron 21 (VF-21)
Division: U.S.S. Belleau Wood (CVL-24)

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