Rank and organization: Second Class Fireman, U.S. Navy.
Accredited to: Ireland. G.O. No.: 11, 3 April 1863.
Citation: Served as
second-class fireman on board the U.S.S. Ceres in the fight near Hamilton,
Roanoke River, 9 July 1862. When his ship was fired on by the enemy with
small arms, Kelley returned the raking fire, courageously carrying out
his duties through the engagement and was spoken of for "good conduct and
cool bravery under enemy fires," by the commanding officer.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)