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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: June 16, 1927
Date of death: November 13, 1953
Age: 26

Lucky Bag

1951 Kelley LB.jpg

From the 1951 Lucky Bag:

James Patrick Kelley

Mansfield, Ohio

Jim left his home in Ohio and joined the Navy because he had always hoped to go to the Naval Academy . . . alter his discharge from the enlisted Navy, he entered the Academy, achieving his boyhood ambition . . . academics weren't easy and he had to study his share of the time, but always managed to come out on top . . . he is always willing to do some favor for someone else . . . his find sense of humor brightened many days for those who were around him . . . golf, eating, and sleeping are his favorite pastimes . . . Jim hopes to join the "Tailhook" Navy after graduation . . . his successful years here as a midshipman will be followed by many more successful years as a fine naval officer. . . .


J.P. was lost when his F9F-7 Cougar crashed near NAS Oceana, Virginia on November 13, 1953.

He was survived by his parents, two brothers, and two sisters; he is buried in Ohio.

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