Thomas Kelly (Medal of Honor)

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Thomas Kelly
Born Ireland
Died December 17, 1920(1920-12-17)
Place of burial Plattsburg Barracks Post Cemetery, Plattsburgh, New York
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Sergeant First Class
Unit 21st Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
Awards Medal of Honor

Thomas Kelly (died December 17, 1920) was a private serving in the United States Army during the Spanish–American War who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Kelly was born in Ireland sometime prior to 1898 and after immigrating to the United States, entered the army from New York City. He was sent to fight in the Spanish–American War with Company H, 21st U.S. Infantry as a private where he received the Medal of Honor for his actions.[1]

He died December 17, 1920 and is buried in Plattsburg Barracks Post Cemetery Plattsburgh, New York.[2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Private, Company H, 21st U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Santiago de Cuba, 1 July 1898. Entered service at: New York, N.Y. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 22 June 1899.


Gallantly assisted in the rescue of the wounded from in front of the lines and while under heavy fire from the enemy.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "War with Spain; Kelly, Thomas". Medal of Honor recipients, War With Spain. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved August 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Thomas Kelly". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. September 14, 2003. Retrieved August 2, 2010. 

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