Paul X. Kelley

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Paul X. Kelley
General Paul Xavier Kelley
Born(1928-11-11)November 11, 1928
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedDecember 29, 2019(2019-12-29) (aged 91)
McLean, Virginia, U.S.
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1950–1987
RankGeneral
Commands heldCommandant of the Marine Corps
Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps
Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force
4th Marine Division
1st Marine Regiment
2nd Battalion, 4th Marines
Battles/warsVietnam War
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
Legion of Merit (3) w/ Combat "V"
Bronze Star Medal (2) w/ Combat "V"
Other workCassidy & Associates
Chairman, American Battle Monuments Commission

Paul Xavier Kelley (November 11, 1928 – December 29, 2019) was a United States Marine Corps general. He was the 28th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps from July 1, 1983, to June 30, 1987.

In February 1980, Kelley was promoted to lieutenant general and named as the first Commander of the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force.[1]

Kelley died on December 29, 2019 at a care facility in McLean, Virginia from Alzheimer's disease-related problems at the age of 91.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Simmons, Edwin Howard (2003). The United States Marines: A History. Naval Institute Press. p. 264. ISBN 978-1-55750-868-3. Retrieved March 2, 2009.
  2. Retired 28th Marine commandant Gen. Paul Kelley dies at 91 after 'lifetime of service'