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Kenneth D. Kelly papers

 Collection — Container: Manuscripts/Newspapers/Documents
Identifier: 02-00.0366

Scope and Contents

Kenneth D. Kelly served in the 78th US Naval Construction Battalion during World War II on New Caledonia, the Admiralty Islands, and on Okinawa. Included in his collection are a number of news articles related to the Seabees, his typed memoir, and a copy of the unit's battalion log.


  • Created: 1943-1999
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1943-1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 06/13/2000


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This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast works from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience must be requested and granted in writing by the director of the Institute. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Institute on World War II as the owner of the physical items and the copyright holder. Possession of a copy of an item does not constitute permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast it. The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience reserves the right to refuse permission to individuals and publishers who have not complied with its policies. Permission fees must be paid before images are provided. Please contact the director of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience for current publication and duplication rates.

Biographical or Historical Information

Kenneth Dorr Kelly was born in Coopersville, Michigan on August 21, 1925. He joined the U.S. Navy just before his twenty-first birthday and served in the Seabees, the Navy's Construction Battalion, until his discharge in 1946. While with the Seabees, Kelly served in New Caledonia, the Admiralty Islands, and on Okinawa. At the time of this collection's donation, Kelly was serving as the co-president of the 78th Seabee WWII Association. Kelly served from August 1, 1943 - March 15, 1946. He worked as a Carpenter's mate, a builder, and heavy equipment operator.


1.00 boxes

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Kenneth D. Kelly

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Kenneth D. Kelly papers
Allyson Gates
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Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository