Paul X. Kelley

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About Paul X. Kelley

  • Participated in conflicts: Vietnam War

General Paul Xavier Kelley (born November 11, 1928) was the twenty-eighth Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, from July 1, 1983 to June 30, 1987. Kelley served 37 years active duty in the Marine Corps. After his commission in 1950, he served as an infantry officer in a wide variety of billets. His first assignment after receiving his commission through Villanova College's Naval ROTC program was with Aircraft Engineering Squadron 12 (AES-12) at Marine Corps Air Station Quantico, Virginia. He then served as an exchange officer with the Royal Marines. He then joined the Marine Force Reconnaissance community and served with distinction during the Vietnam War. His final assignments were as Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps and then Commandant of the Marine Corps until his retirement in 1987. Following his retirement from the Marine Corps, Kelley has served on a number of corporate boards. Paul Kelley was born on November 11, 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Villanova University in 1950. Kelley was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in June 1950. After The Basic School in March 1951, he

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