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Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Vietnam War, 1961-1975; Cold War
  • Branch of Service: Navy
  • Unit of Service: 6th Fleet; USS Compass Island (AG 153); USS Observation Island (EAG 154); USS Harry Hubbard (DD 748); USS Mullany (DD 528); USS Pecatonica (AOG 57); USS Benewah (APB 35); USS Severn (AO 61)
  • Location of Service: Mediterranean Sea; Pacific Ocean; South China Sea; Tonkin Gulf; Great Lakes, Illinois; Portsmouth, Virginia; Tripoli; Italy; Newport, Rhode Island
  • Highest Rank: E-4; E-7
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/88919

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William Francis Kelly Collection
Interview / Recording

About this Item

Title

  • William Francis Kelly Collection

Names

  • Speirs, Adam
  • Douglas County Libraries Archives and Local History
  • Gray, Annette
  • Kelly, William Francis

Home State

  • Colorado

Headings

  • -  Kelly, William Francis
  • -  Cold War -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Navy.
  • -  Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Navy.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Status

  • veteran

Service History

  • Cold War

    • Branch of Service: Navy
    • Unit of Service: USS Pecatonica (AOG 57); USS Benewah (APB 35); USS Severn (AO 61)
    • Location of Service: Great Lakes, Illinois; Portsmouth, Virginia; Tripoli; Italy; Newport, Rhode Island
    • Highest Rank: E-4
    • Dates of Service: 1950-1953
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: veteran
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975

    • Branch of Service: Navy
    • Unit of Service: 6th Fleet; USS Compass Island (AG 153); USS Observation Island (EAG 154); USS Harry Hubbard (DD 748); USS Mullany (DD 528)
    • Location of Service: Mediterranean Sea; Pacific Ocean; South China Sea; Tonkin Gulf
    • Highest Rank: E-7
    • Dates of Service: 1962-1977
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: veteran

Materials

  • Audio: CD [ item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2013-02-27; 2013)
  • Manuscript: Memoirs [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Military papers (orders, personnel/201 files, etc) [18 items] -- Typewritten document (collected 1952-1987)
  • Manuscript: Printed matter [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 1969-01-19)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 2013-02-27)
  • Photograph: Digital print [14 items] -- Photograph (collected 1965-1969)
  • Computer File: CD [1 item] -- Multiple types of electronic files (collected 2013-04-17; 2013)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/88919

Cite as

  • William Francis Kelly Collection (AFC/2001/001/88919), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • audio

Additional Metadata Formats

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

Veterans and interviewers contribute these materials to the Library for scholarly and educational purposes, retaining any copyright they may hold. Therefore, permission must be obtained before using the interview or other materials in exhibition or publication. Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these materials should contact the Veterans History Project for assistance.

As a publicly supported institution, the Library generally does not own rights to material in its collections. Therefore, it does not charge permission fees for use of such material and cannot give or deny permission to publish or otherwise distribute material in its collections. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item from the Library’s collections and for securing any necessary permissions rests with persons desiring to use the item.

Please contact us with questions.

Obtaining Copies of VHP Materials

In order for VHP materials to be duplicated, we must receive written permission from the interviewee for you to obtain a copy of the recording unless the proposed use is limited to personal use, research, or other uses permissible by copyright law. If the interviewee is deceased, their next-of-kin may grant written permission.

Please contact VHP for assistance if you need to contact a veteran for permission to use their materials in exhibition or publication, or if you have received permission from the veteran and need access to high-resolution copies of VHP collection materials.

Citing VHP Materials

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Speirs, Adam, Douglas County Libraries Archives And Local History, Annette Gray, and William Francis Kelly. William Francis Kelly Collection. 1950. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.88919/.

APA citation style:

Speirs, A., Douglas County Libraries Archives And Local History, Gray, A. & Kelly, W. F. (1950) William Francis Kelly Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.88919/.

MLA citation style:

Speirs, Adam, et al. William Francis Kelly Collection. 1950. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.88919/>.