Thomas G. Kelley '56

Captain (ret) Thomas G. Kelley, former Massachusetts Commissioner of Veterans’ Services received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions during an ambush while traveling down a river in Vietnam.
Captain (ret) Thomas G. Kelley, former Massachusetts Commissioner of Veterans’ Services received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions during an ambush while traveling down a river in Vietnam.

According to the reports by witnesses and his fellow troops while serving as Commander of River Assault Division 152 during combat operations against enemy aggressor forces, Tom put his boat in front of another disabled vessel to protect it from enemy fire.  He saved at least six soldiers on board the stranded boat from all-but-certain death. Tom was hit by shrapnel from a rocket that badly injured him, costing him an eye.  After being bandaged by one of his men, Tom who by then was unable to speak continued to fight on by using one of his men to convey his orders until the enemy attack was silenced and the boats were able to move to area of safety.

Although retired, Tom continues to work with veterans and their families.  

He often remarks that BC High was one of the best experiences he had as a young man.
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