World Battlefronts: MEN AT WAR: Kelly Earns a Medal

Technical Sergeant Charles E. Kelly, a thin-faced, 23-year-old redhead from Pittsburgh, is one of seven brothers, all in service. He has seen 70 days of active combat in Italy, suffered no wound worse than a scraped nose and some minor cuts on his hands from shell fragments.* He fought at Salerno, San Pietro, Cassino.

As a platoon sergeant he led men across the blood-dyed Rapido River three times, and three times had to pull back before overwhelming enemy strength. In combat reports Kelly is officially credited with killing at least 40 Germans. Admiring...

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