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Inventory of the Gerard William Kelley papers
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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Gerard William Kelley papers
    Dates: 1942-1944
    Collection Number: 70009
    Creator: Kelley, Gerard William
    Extent: 2 manuscript boxes, 1 envelope, 1 album box (1.3 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Correspondence, diary, orders, memoranda, and photographs, relating to American military operations on Saipan, the Marianas, Makin Atoll, and elsewhere in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: English

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    Access to audiovisual materials requires at least two weeks advance notice. Audiovisual materials include sound recordings, video recordings, and motion picture film. Hoover staff will determine whether use copies of the materials requested can be made available. Some materials may not be accessible even with advance notice. Please contact the Hoover Institution Archives for further information.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Gerard William Kelley papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1970.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Gerard William Kelley, 1903-1969. Brigadier general in the United States Army. Commanding officer, 165th Infantry Regiment, 1943-1945.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Colonel Gerard W. Kelley, Infantry, United States Army. For Meritorious service in connection with military operations against the enemy at Saipan*, Marianas Island, during the period 16-28 June 1944. Colonel Kelley accompanied the landing of the two battalions. The attack was launched despite heavy mortar and artillery fire, and due to sound planning and able leadership. After Colonel Kelley attacked and secured the strategically important airport, he then continued across the island and reached the east coast, south of Magicienne Bay, trapping a large number of Japanese on Nafutan Peninsula. His swift and relentless attack demoralized the enemy and rendered useless well-prepared plans for the defense of the airfield. Colonel Kelley was wounded 28 June 1944, and was evacuated several days later.
    [Citation, Headquarters 27th Infantry Division, 1945 January 17]
    Collection includes correspondence, diary, orders, memoranda, and photographs, relating to American military operations on Saipan, the Marianas, Makin Atoll, and elsewhere in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 165th.
    World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Ocean.
    World War, 1939-1945--Amphibious operations.
    World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Mariana Islands
    Makin Atoll, Battle of, Kiribati, 1943.