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William Nessler McKelvy , Sr.

Date of birth: July 15, 1869
Date of death: 22-Sep-33
Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, Allegheny
Home of record: Allegheny Pennsylvania

William McKelvy graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1891. He served in Cuba during the Spanish American War and in China during the Boxer Rebellion, as well as repeated tours in the Caribbean. He retired as a Colonel of Marines in 1925. His son, also a graduate of the Naval Academy (1921) earned the Navy Cross in World War II and retired as a Brigadier General.


Marine Corps Brevet Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Spanish-American War

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in transmitting to First Lieutenant William Nessler McKelvy, Sr.,, United States Marine Corps, the Brevet Medal which is awarded in accordance with Marine Corps Order No. 26 (1921), for distinguished conduct and public service in the presence of the enemy while serving with Artillery Battery, First Marine (Huntington's) Battalion, at Guantanamo, Cuba, on 11 June 1898. On 18 March 1901, First Lieutenant McKelvy, is appointed Captain, by brevet, to take rank from 11 June 1898.

General Orders: Marine Corps Orders No. 26 (June 27, 1921)

Action Date: June 11, 1898

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: Artillery Battery

Battalion: 1st Marine (Huntington's) Battalion