September 1995

Lt Al Kelley's V-J Day

Volume 78, Issue 9

Fifty years ago, First Lieutenant Al Kelley, USMCR, had a great view of the Japanese surrender ceremonies aboard USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. By the "luck of the Irish" that day, the "Mighty Mo" plankowner served as the ship's company's senior Marine officer aboard and commanded the Marine honor guard.

"Ordinarily, I wouldn't have been in charge," said Kelley. "I was the most junior Marine officer on board. But the two Marine officers senior to me had gone into Japan as part of the landing party, so that left me."

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