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Kelley Benjamin Lemmon Jr.

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MG, US Army (Ret.)  

Passed away peacefully at his son's home in Gaithersburg, MD on February 11, 2012 in his 100th year. Loving husband of the late Mary Reynolds Lemmon. Beloved father of Kellyn, Maryl, Michael, and John. Proud grandfather of Nicole, Evan, Sarah, Quinlan, John, David, Taylor, and Julia. Son of the late COL Kelley B. Lemmon, Sr. and Ann Kincaid Lemmon. Brother of the late COL Jay Grant Lemmon. Kelley was born on May 14, 1912 at Fort McKinley, Maine. He graduated from the USMA, West Point and was commissioned as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army in 1937. In 1944 he received the Distinguished Service Cross by order of LTG George S. Patton for extraordinary heroism along the banks of the Seine River. Leading the men of the 2nd of the 11th Infantry Regiment, he went on to establish the 3rd Army's bridgehead crossing of the Moselle River, where these soldiers are now memorialized by the people of France. His military awards and decorations also include the Distinguished Service Medal and the Bronze Star with V Device and Oak Leaf Cluster. In 1979, after long and dedicated service to the U.S. Army, he retired to his home in Arlington, VA. He began a second career in competitive swimming with the DC Masters Swimming team. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of fame in 1999 after establishing many swimming records, including a national and world record in the 50 meter freestyle long course in 1984 at the age of 72. A memorial service for Kelley will be held at the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel at 11 a.m., June 29, 2012. The service will be followed by internment at Arlington National Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest alongside his beloved wife, Mary. Following the internment, the Lemmon family will host a reception at the Patton Club at Fort Myer. Condolences may be sent to the Lemmon Family, c/o Michael Lemmon, 137 13th St So, La Crosse, WI 54601. Online eulogies can be posted on the
USMA Association of Graduates website at In lieu of floral tributes, contributions may be made in honor of Kelley, to help him thank the wonderful U.S. Army corpsmen who have given so much by their valor and service to the Army and their country. Please send memorials to: Henry M. Jackson Foundation, MG Kelley B. Lemmon Jr. Memorial, Attn: Dr. Mike Nola National Museum of Health and Medicine, 2400 Linden Lane, BLDG 2500, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Published in The Washington Post from Feb. 21 to Feb. 26, 2012
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