A Mighty Speech by a "Mighty" Man

Five days before LtGen Kelly USMC gave this staggering speech to a group of Marine veterans, on 8 November 2010, his youngest son, 2dLt Robert Kelly USMC, a rifle platoon commander with Lima 3/5, was blown away by an IED while on a foot patrol in Afghanistan. He was casevaced in a US Army Blackhawk Helicopter to FOB Bastion. Enroute Army medics amputated both legs in an effort to stop the bleeding. He never regained consciousness.

Following a service in the Ft Meyer Chapel, "Rob" will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery at 12:45 Monday, 22 November 2010,. 2dLt. Kelly leaves a young bride of 4 years, Heather, a brother, Capt John Kelly, USMC, stationed at 29 Palms, a sister named Kate, and a mother named Karen.

The General’s Speech « Neptunus Lex
Thank you for posting that.

A speech that at times, had the hair on my neck stood up.

The story of the 2 Marine Gate Guards is particularly humbling. The testimony of the Iraqi soldier summed it up.

Semper Fidelis indeed.
Thank you sir. A very moving speech, well worth reading.
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Try these links:

Lt Gen Kelly's speach 13 Nov - XDTalk Forums - Your XD/XD(m) Information Source!
Lyle's Place: Semper Fi Society Sppech by Lt. General Kelly

Also, here is an email the General sent to friends and comrades:

From: Kelly LtGen John F
November 12, 2010 10:23:20 PM EST
My Boy

Family and Friends,

As I think you all know by now our Robert was killed in action protecting our country, its people, and its values from a terrible and relentless enemy, on 9 Nov, in Sangin, Afghanistan. He was leading his Grunts on a dismounted patrol when he was taken. They are shaken, but will recover quickly and already back at it. He went quickly and thank God he did not suffer. In combat that is as good as it gets, and we are thankful. We are a broken hearted – but proud family. He was a wonderful and precious boy living a meaningful life. He was in exactly the place he wanted to be, doing exactly what he wanted to do, surrounded by the best men on this earth – his Marines and Navy Doc.

The nation he served has honored us with promoting him posthumously to First Lieutenant of Marines. We will bury our son, now 1stLt Robert Michael Kelly USMC, in Arlington National Cemetery on 22 Nov. Services will commence at 1245 at Fort Myers. We will likely have a memorial receiving at a yet to be designated funeral home on 21 Nov. The coffin will be closed. Our son Captain John Kelly USMC, himself a multi-tour combat veteran and the best big brother on this earth, will escort the body from Dover Air Force Base to Arlington. From the moment he was killed he has never been alone and will remain under the protection of a Marine to his final resting place.

Many have offered prayers for us and we thank you, but his wonderful wife Heather and the rest of the clan ask that you direct the majority of your prayers to his platoon of Marines, still in contact and in “harm’s way,” and at greater risk without his steady leadership.

Thank you all for the many kindnesses we could not get through this without you all. Thank you all for being there for us. The pain is unimaginable, and we could not do this without you.

Semper Fidelis

John Kelly
Sounds like you knew the family well JJH. Condolences to the Kelly family and their friends.
As we prepare to lay to rest one of our own next week I'll also say a few words for one of yours.My sympathy and condolences to his family,friends and comrades.

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