b. 10/04/1841 Ireland. d. 12/09/1927 Jackson, Michigan.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 09/07/1862 Roanoke River, North Carolina.
Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient.
Served as second-class fireman on board the USS Ceres in the fight near Hamilton (North Carolina), Roanoke River, 9 July 1862. When his ship was fired upon by the enemy with small arms, Kelley returned the raking fire, courageously carrying out his duies throughout the engagement, and was spoken of for "good conduct and cool bravery under enemy fire" by the commanding officer.
BURIAL LOCATION: MOUNT EVERGREEN CEMETERY, JACKSON, MICHIGAN.
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