1st Lt. Robert M. Kelly, USMC was born on September 5th, 1981 in Bethesda, Maryland. He served 7 years in the Marine Corps before his death on November 9th 2010. Lieutenant Robert Kelly is not like other officers. After graduating from Florida State University in 2003 with a degree in history, he chose to enlist in the Marine Corps. After serving 2 combat tours while enlisted in Iraq he commissioned on December 12th, 2008.
1st Lt. Robert M. Kelly was a man full of character. According to his friends and family members, he had a good sense of humor, liked history, as well as ice hockey. Most of all, he held a deep love for his country and coming from a family of Marines he felt it was his duty to serve. His older brother, Capt. John Kelly, described Robert as “wanting to be where the fight was.”
As a Platoon Commander on his third combat tour Lt. Kelly was attached to the 3rd Battalion 5th Marines, better known as “Dark Horse” based at Camp Pendleton, CA. On November 9th, 2010 1st Lt. Robert Kelly was killed by an IED while on a foot patrol in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. His father, Lt General John F Kelly, spoke at his funeral, “He was in exactly in the place that he wanted to be, doing exactly what he wanted to do, surrounded by the best men on this earth. His Marines and Navy Doc.”
He was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery, a fitting place where he will be surrounded by heroes like himself.
All proceeds from this event will be donated to a scholarship fund in his name.