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In Memory

Ronald Kelley - Class Of 1966

"Ronnie" Kelley was a "happy-go-luckey" kind of guy his sister remembered.  He was always ready to make you laugh, always ready with a joke.  He studied Auto Mechanics at Mastbaum before graduating in 1966. 

He enlisted in the Marine Corps that June, worked as a roofer's helper during the summer and began basic training in September.  The 19 year old  private first class was sent to Vietnam where he died on February 11, 1968. in Quang Tri Province during Operation Scotland.  He had been in Vietnam for 10 months.  The men of his company wrote to his parents.  "We are all deeply hurt.  Ron was real close to all of us..... His death was like losing a brother".  Kelley was survived by his parents, three brothers and four sisters.

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08/27/17 07:56 AM #1    

Robert Gernaga (1966)

If I can remember, I saw his name in the local paper in Kensington about his death. I am not entirely sure, but I remember reading that he jumped on a grenade saving his fellow soldiers. Ron was truely a hero. He was a very,very nice guy in school. We shared classes together.What a shame to die like that. That was a terrible war and some of it was terrible times.

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