Daniel Martin KelleySpecialist Four
D CO, 5TH BN, 7TH CAV RGT, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
22 June 1947 - 25 April 1968
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Many years have passed since that fateful day in April, 1968. However, the passage of time could never dull the memories that I have of you. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you.
As your youngest brother, I always looked up to you and will continue to do so as long as I shall live. You will always be my hero.
I served with Danny in Vietnam in the 1st squad of 1st platoon, Delta Co. 5/7 Cav. He was a very brave and honorable soldier. God bless you, Daniel.
Larry R. Collins
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 25 Apr 1968 the 1st and 3rd Platoons of D Company, 5/7 Cav, were conducting a search-and-destroy operation in the vicinity of Landing Zone Tiger, located on the northern edge of the A Shau Valley. They encountered a dug-in and well-fortified enemy force and were promptly pinned in place by sustained heavy small arms and automatic weapons fire. The triple-canopy jungle and proximity of enemy and friendly forces limited the ability of supporting arms (artillery and air) to bring fires against the enemy.
Three men were hit and apparently killed almost at once - SP4 David L. Scott, SP4 Daniel M. Kelley, and PFC Hubia J. Guillory. Although their bodies were under observation by other men of their platoon for about two hours, they could not be retrieved due to the volume of fire. No signs of life were seen from any of the three men. As night fell, the US troops were able to break contact and withdraw, taking all of their wounded with them - but could not bring Scott, Kelley, and Guillory out with them.
Three separate attempts were made to re-enter the area in an effort to retrieve their bodies; all were defeated by enemy action. Since there was a high degree of certainty that the three men were dead, there was a reluctance to risk further losses and after the third failed attempt at retrieval a decision was taken to cease further efforts.
The remains of SP4 David L. Scott, SP4 Daniel M. Kelley, and PFC Hubia J. Guillory have not been recovered.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 3 Jun 2001
Last updated 09/24/2007