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Francis J. Kelly
Captain (Chaplain), United States Navy
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MSGR. FRANCIS W. KELLY DIES
WAS "FATHER FOXHOLE" IN WAR

OCEANSIDE, California - January 13, 1982 - Msgr. Francis J. Kelly, the "Father Foxhole" of World War II who insisted on front-line duty with the Marines, died in a Tri-CityHospital here Saturday od a heart attack;.  He was 71 years old.

Monsignor Kelly was a Navy Chaplain with the rank of Captain in both World War II and the Korean War.  In World War II he shared foxholes with Marines on Guadalcanal and other islands in the Pacific.  Mentioned frequently in the book "Guadalcanal Diary" by Richard Tregaskis, Monsignor Kelly was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Purple Heart.

Burial for the Monsignor, a native of Philadelphia, was set for Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.


Posted: 3 August 2007
Legion of Merit

Purple Heart Medal