Kelly, James Woodrow, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Service Branch
Chaplain Christian
Last Primary NEC
410X-Chaplain Corps Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Staff Corps Officer
Primary Unit
1965-1970, 410X, Office of the Chief of Chaplains
Service Years
1942 - 1970
Chaplain Christian
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Contact Info
Home Town
Carthage, AR
Last Address
Lexington, VA

Date of Passing
Apr 16, 1989
Location of Interment
Neriah Baptist Church Cemetery - South River, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

RADM Kelly served as Chief of Chaplains which is the Senior Chaplain of the Navy from July 1965 until he reitred in July 1970.

This position includes two major duties - Director of Religion and Ministry Support for the Department of the Navy. The Chief of Chaplains advises the Commandant of the Marine Corps, the Chief of Naval Operations, and the Commandant of the Coast Guard on all matters pertaining to religion with the Navy, United States Marine Corps, and United States Coast Guard.

Other than the fact that ADMR Kelly served as Chief of Navy Chaplains, not much can be found about the remainder of his career or his personal life. More facts will be added as they become available.
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Bronze Star
Presented to LT James Woodrow Kelly for heroic conduct when an explosion and fire occurred on the USS Mobile during an enemy attack. He immediately went to the scene where he commenced evacuation of casualties, extinguished fires, and rendered first aid. His courage, initiative, and the assistance and comfort he gave saved many lives.

The information within this profile were compiled from various internet sources.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
NAVSTA Norfolk, VANaval Chaplaincy School and Center (Staff)USS Mobile (CL-63)US Navy
NAS Patuxent River (NASPAX)NAS BermudaNaval Hospital Great Lakes, ILNTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILL
Office of the Chief of Chaplains
  1942-1943, 410X, NAVSTA Norfolk, VA
  1942-1970, 410X, Naval Chaplaincy School and Center (Staff)
  1943-1944, 410X, USS Mobile (CL-63)
  1944-1945, 410X, Naval Training & Distribution Center (TADCEN), Camp Shoemaker, Pleasanton, CA
  1945-1946, 410X, USS Alaska (CB-1)
  1946-1948, 410X, NAS Patuxent River (NASPAX)
  1948-1950, 410X, NAS Bermuda
  1950-1950, 410X, Naval Hospital Great Lakes, IL
  1950-1951, 410X, Administrative Command, NTC Great Lakes
  1965-1970, 410X, Office of the Chief of Chaplains
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Treasury-Bougainville operation (1943)
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Gilbert Islands Operation
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Tinian
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
 Colleges Attended 
University of Chicago
  1936-1940, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  1951-1952, University of Chicago
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Sep 08, 1933, Ordained as a Baptist minister
  Aug 29, 1938, Married Frances Evelyn Morton
  Apr 04, 1942, Commissioned in the Navy at the rank of Lieutenant
  Jun 19, 1944, Many Chaplains Cited1
  Oct 17, 1944, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Jul 01, 1950, Promoted to Commander
  Jan 01, 1959, Promoted to Captain
  Apr 01, 1963, Promoted to Rear Admiral
  Oct 17, 1963, Letter to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr1
  Jul 24, 1967, Ecumenical Day1
  Sep 05, 2017, General Photos3
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