Jan 18, 2019
LTC John Kelly
Vietnam, June 29, 1966 -- A Medal of Honor incident
     LTC (ret) Jack Kelley was born in Orlando, Florida, July 8, 1937. A member of the Boy Scouts of America, he was awarded the Eagle Scout badge. He graduated from the Citadel in 1959 and was commissioned as a 2d Lt of Infantry in the US Army. After 20 years of service, in December 1979, he retired from the U.S. Army as a Lt. Col.
     He commanded parachute infantry units at platoon, company, and battalion levels. His last two assignments were as a Battalion Commander in the 82nd Airborne Division and finally,  as Deputy Commander, 5th Special Forces (“Green Berets”).
      Jack was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device with six oak leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal – eleventh Award, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters. He also was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert Infantryman's Badge Senior Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, and the Aircrew Member Badge.
He has earned Master’s Degrees from both American University and Central Michigan University. Jack has served as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and was an Adjunct Professor at both Webster University and Campbell University.
     He also served as the Executive Director of Men’s Ministries of the Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC), a position he held from 1985 to 2005 and was one of the founders of Men’s Ministries. In 2006 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Coalition of Men’s Ministries (NCMM). NCMM is a network of denominational and parachurch ministries, which represents more than half of the churches in the United States.
     Jack received the Commander Bill Linn Award from the Royal Ranger Ministry (IPHC) for shaping the lives of boys. He served as the Vice President of Advancement/Director of Development for Holmes Bible College and was on the President's Cabinet of Carolina College of Biblical Studies.
     The All American Airborne Awards organization recognized him as the 173rd Airborne Brigade Association Man of the Year. In June 2016 he was recognized by the Secretary of the Army as a Distinguished Member of the 503rdInfantry (Airborne) Regiment.
     He is currently a member of the Bragg Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Jack and his wife, Lynn, are members of the Northwood Temple Church, where he served on the church staff from 1981 to 1985 as an Associate Pastor.