Army Staff Sergeant Dale J. Kelly Jr.
Fallen: May 6, 2006
Army Staff Sergeant Dale J. Kelly Jr. was a Cranston, RI native. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry (Mountain), Maine Army National Guard in Brewer, Maine. He became a RI fallen hero on May 6, 2006 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his M1083 cargo truck during combat operations in Diwaniyah, Iraq.
Staff Sergeant Dale James Kelly, Jr. was born in Stuttgart, Germany where his father was serving in the Army. His family moved to Cranston, RI where Dale attended Cranston High School East, graduating in 1976. Shortly after graduating from Cranston High School, he joined the Rhode Island Air National Guard 143 Tactical Airlift Group as a Loadmaster. While serving the first nine years of his military career, he met and married his soulmate, also a member of the 143rd Tactical Airlift Group. He moved to Richmond, Maine in 1989 with his family to work a shipyard on the Kennebec River in Bath. Shortly after moving to Maine, he joined the Maine Army National Guard B Company, Third Battalion of the 172nd Infantry Regiment based in Brewer, Maine. Dale a faithful and loving husband, devoted father, brother, son and nephew, spiritual leader and leader of men, who will be remembered most for his uncanny ability to use humor as a tool through all difficult situations and his willingness to rise to any occasion. He became a hero on May 6, 2006 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his M1083 cargo truck during combat operations in Diwaniyah, Iraq. Dale is survived by his wife of 25 years, three children, three grandchildren, his siblings, and his mother.