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.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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