Kelly, Robert W., AT1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
AT-6526-Aviation ASW (MAD) Technician
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Electronics Technician
Primary Unit
1974-1975, AT-6526, VC-6 Firebees/Skeet for the Fleet
Service Years
1955 - 1975
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Antarctic Circle
Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)
Society of the South Pole
AT-Aviation Electronics Technician
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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
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Last Address
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Date of Passing
May 11, 2018
Location of Interment
Sarasota National Cemetery - Sarasota, Florida
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 Official Badges 

Iceland Defense Force

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose) Operation Deep Freeze III

Cold War Veteran

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 Duty Stations
Navy Recruiting District Chicago (NRD Chicago)Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) (Faculty Staff)USS Gainard (DD-706)USS Saratoga (CVA-60)
NAS Guantanamo Bay, CubaUS NavyNAS Key WestNaval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff)/NATTC (Faculty Staff)  Memphis
VAW-33 Knight HawksVX-6 Ice Pirates/Puckered PenguinsVC-6 Firebees/Skeet for the Fleet
  1955-1955, Navy Recruiting District Chicago (NRD Chicago)
  1955-1956, AT-0000, Afloat Training Group (Faculty Staff) NTC Great Lakes, IL
  1956-1957, AT-0000, USS Gainard (DD-706)
  1957-1958, AT-6526, USS Saratoga (CVA-60)
  1958-1959, AT-6526, NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
  1959-1961, Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center (NFESC)/Det Navy Yard Washington
  1961-1963, AT-6526, NAS Key West
  1963-1964, AT-6526, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff)/NATTC (Faculty Staff) Memphis
  1964-1965, AT-6526, VAW-33 Knight Hawks
  1965-1969, AT-6526, VX-6 Ice Pirates/Puckered Penguins
  1969-1973, AT-6526, NAS Ellyson Field, FL
  1974-1975, AT-6526, VC-6 Firebees/Skeet for the Fleet
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Per the National Cemetery Administration...
  DATE OF BIRTH: 07/24/1936
  DATE OF DEATH: 05/11/2018
  9810 STATE ROAD 72 SARASOTA, FL 34241
  (877) 861-9840

AT1 Robert Kelly was an aviation ordnancemen who operated and handled aviation ordnance equipment. He was responsible for the maintenance of guns, bombs, torpedoes, rockets, and missiles. His duties included the stowing, issuing, and loading of munitions and small arms.
USS Gainard (DD-706): As one of 150 warships from 6 NATO nations, in September 1957 the USS Gainard participated in Exercise Strikeback which was a large scaled combined fleet maneuver that ranged over the North Atlantic to waters adjacent to the British Isles between Iceland and the Faroes, and into the Norwegian Sea and portions of the North Sea.  This was only one of many operations in which the USS Gainard made important contributions to improve the overall combat readiness of forces earmarked for the Allied command in defense of an outbreak during the Cold War.
USS Saratoga (CVA-60): Was the second of four Forrestal-class supercarriers built for the United States Navy in the 1950s.  The Saratoga was the sixth U.S. Navy ship, and the second aircraft carrier to be named for the Battles of Saratoga in the American Revolutionary War.  It was commissioned in 1956 and spent most of its career in the Mediterranean Sea, but also participated during the Vietnam War, receiving one battle star for its service.  One of the last operational duties was to participate in Operation Desert Storm.  The USS Saratoga was decommissioned in 1994 and was stored at the Naval Station Newport in Newport, Rhode Island.
On 6 June 1957, President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower and members of his cabinet boarded Saratoga to observe operations on board the giant carrier. For two days, she and eighteen other ships demonstrated air operations, antisubmarine warfare, guided missile operations, and the Navy's latest bombing and strafing techniques. Highlighting the President's visit was the nonstop flight of two F8U Crusaders, spanning the nation in three hours and twenty-eight minutes, from Bon Homme Richard off the West Coast to the flight deck of Saratoga in the Atlantic.
Also in 1957, Saratoga conducted Regulus guided missile tests. She was one of ten aircraft carriers configured to operate the turbojet powered subsonic guided missile and only one of six carriers to ever actually launch the missile (performing two test launches) providing the first United States Navy nuclear strategic deterrence force.
The carrier departed Mayport on 3 September 1957 for her maiden transatlantic voyage. Saratoga sailed into the Norwegian Sea and participated in Operation Strikeback, joint naval maneuvers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries. She returned briefly to Mayport before entering the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for repairs.
On 1 February 1958, Saratoga departed Mayport for the Mediterranean and her first deployment with the Sixth Fleet.  From this date through 31 December 1967 she was to spend a part of each year in the Mediterranean on a total of eight cruises. The remainder of the time, she either operated off the coast of Florida or was in port undergoing restricted availability.
Order of the Arctic Circle: AT1 Robert Kelly received his Blue Nose while onboard the USS Gainard.  It is the United States Navy's rarest line-crossing ceremonies where sailors head into the Arctic Circle and became eligible for induction into the Order of the Blue Nose.  The Blue Nose heralds our cold bodied Sailors that have proven their selves worthy of the cold arctic winds and ice as they cross into the Arctic Circle.  This ceremony delves into old naval lore, and USS Gainard did not disappoint our sailors by going well over the top.
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Antarctica: At 5,400,000 square miles Antarctica is the fifth largest continent.  Larger than both Europe and Australia.  AT1 Robert Kelly was able to walk around the South Pole.  How many sailors can claim they got to do that?
Antarctica, on average, is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent, and has the highest average elevation of all the continents.  Antarctica is a desert, with annual precipitation of only 200 mm (8 in) along the coast and far less inland.  The temperature in Antarctica has reached -89.2 °C (-128.6 °F) or even -94.7 °C as measured from space, though the average for the third quarter (the coldest part of the year) is -63 °C (-81 °C).  Anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 people reside throughout the year at research stations scattered across the continent. Organisms native to Antarctica include many types of algae, bacteria, fungi, plants, protista, and certain animals, such as mites, nematodes, penguins, seals and tardigrades.  Vegetation, where it occurs, is tundra.
Although myths and speculation about a Terra Australis ("Southern Land") date back to antiquity, Antarctica is noted as the last region on Earth in recorded history to be discovered, unseen until 1820 when the Russian expedition of Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarey on Vostok and Mirny and sighted the Fimbul ice shelf.  The continent, however, remained largely neglected for the rest of the 19th century because of its hostile environment, lack of easily accessible resources, and isolation. In 1895, the first confirmed landing was conducted by a team of Norwegians.
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