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Naval officer

Monroe Kelly, American naval officer. Decorated Distinguished Service Medal (Navy), World War I, Defense, N. Atlantic, and African Campaign medals; Grand Officer, Order of Orange-Nassau of the Netherlands. Comder. Order British Empire; Commendador Orden Al Merito (Chile).


Kelly, Monroe was born on July 30, 1886 in Norfolk, Virginia, United States. Son of William Armstead Lane and Alice (Reid) Kelly.


Student Norfolk Academy, 1902-1904. Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1909. Student United States Navy Postgrad.

School, 1912-1914.


Commissioned ensign United States Navy, 1911, and advanced through the grades to rear admiral, 1941. Commandant 3rd Naval District, 1944-1948, retired as vice admiral. Served on United States naval mission to Brazil, 1927-1931.

United States naval attache to the Netherlands, 1938-1940. Naval aide to Queen Wilhelmina, August 1942. Commandant New York Navy Yard, 1943-November 1944.


Married Lucy Winder Lamb, September 23, 1914. Children: Monroe, Lucy Lane.

William Armstead Lane Kelly

Alice (Reid) Kelly

Lucy Winder Lamb

Monroe Kelly

Lucy Lane Kelly