Kelly, Sean Patrick, Cpl

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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
2004-2005, 0311, 1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)/C Co
Service Years
2000 - 2005
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1981
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Pittman
Last Address
Pittman

Casualty Date
Jan 26, 2005
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Iraq
Conflict
Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR)/Operation Noble Lance
Location of Interment
Hill Crest Memorial Park - Pitman, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
n/a

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  2000, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC), P
 Unit Assignments
1st Infantry Training Regiment/Infantry Training Regiment (Camp Geiger)3rd Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)
  2000-2000, 0311, 1st Infantry Training Regiment/Infantry Training Regiment (Camp Geiger)
  2004-2005, 0311, 1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)/C Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2004-2005 OIF/Iraqi Governance (2004-05)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Cpl. Sean P. Kelly was killed Jan. 26 when the CH-53E helicopter in which he was riding crashed near Rutbah, Iraq.  An investigation found that the crew of the CH-53E became disoriented when weather turned bad, did not realize the helicopter was banking to the left, and flew the aircraft into the ground.  Twenty-nine Marines and one sailor also were killed.

The Marines lost from BLT 1/3 in the helicopter crash were:
1st Lt. Travis J. Fuller, 26, a native of Granville, Mass.
1st Lt. Dustin M. Shumney, 30, a native of Viellejo, Calif.
Staff Sgt. Brian D. Bland, 26, from Westion, Wyo.
Sgt. Michael W. Finke Jr., 28, from Huron, Ohio
Cpl. Richard A. Gilbert Jr., 26, a native of Montgomery, Ohio
LCpl. Stephen P. Johnson, 24, from Covina, Calif.
Cpl. Timothy A. Knight, 22, a native of Brooklyn, Ohio
Cpl. Timothy M. Gibson, 23, from Hillsborough, N.H.
Cpl. Sean P. Kelly, 23, from Gloucester, N.J.
Cpl. Kyle J. Grimes, 21, a native of North Hampton, Penn.
Cpl. Nathaniel K. Moore, 22, from Champaign, Ill.
Cpl. James L. Moore, 24, a native of Roseburg, Ore.
Cpl. Nathan A. Schubert, 22, from Cherokee, Iowa
Cpl. Matthew R. Smith, 24, a native of West Valley, Utah
Petty Officer 3rd Class John D. House, 28, from Ventura, Calif.
Lance Cpl. Brian C. Hopper 21, a native of Wynne, Ark.
LCpl. Jonathan E. Etterling, 22, from Wheelersburg, Ohio
LCpl. Fred L. Marciel, 20, a native of Spring, Texas
LCpl. Allan Klein, 34, from Clinton Township, Mich.
LCpl. Gael Saintvil, 24, a native of Orange, Fl.
LCpl. Mourad Ragimov, 20, from San Diego, Calif.
LCpl. Rhonald Rairdan, 20, a native of San Antonio, Texas
LCpl. Saeed Jafarkhani-turshizi, 25, from Fort Worth, Texas
LCpl Hector Ramos, 20, a native of Aurora, Ill.
LCpl. Darrell J. Schumann, 25, from Hampton, Va.
LCpl. Joseph P. Spence, 24, from Scotts Valley, Calif.
LCpl. Michael L. Starr Jr., 21, a native of Baltimore, Md.

Four Marines from HMM-361 also lost their lives;
Captain Paul Alaniz
Capt. Lyle Gordon
Staff Sgt. Dexter Kimble
LCpl. Tony Hernandez
   
Comments/Citation
Cpl. Sean Kelly had always wanted to be a Marine and often spoke of it when he attended Pitman High School, where he graduated in 2000.  He even wrote it in his yearbook.  The 23-year-old from Pitman, N.J., came from a family with a strong military tradition.  His father and grandfather both served their country and an older brother is a Marine.  He was remembered as polite, respectful and, one former social studies teacher said, "a stand-up guy."  "Sean was one of those students who left his mark on all of us," recalled middle school teacher Tom Clayton.  "He was kind, popular and very focused."  His parents, Lynn and Alexander Kelly, are proud of what he accomplished in his short life, said Thomas Schulte, superintendent of Pitman Public Schools.  "Today, the entire town of Pitman is devastated by the news," Schulte said.  Kelly, who was the youngest of the Alexanders' three children, all boys, was less than a month away from leaving Iraq.

   
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