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Two Lawtonians will join OK Military Hall of Fame class of 2013

LTC Jerry P. Orr (Ret.) LTC Jerry P. Orr (Ret.)
U.S. Navy Capt. Robert J. Kelsey (1945-1992) U.S. Navy Capt. Robert J. Kelsey (1945-1992)

Oklahoma City- Two Lawton men will be inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame class of 2013.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Jerry P. Orr began his Army service in 1957. He was wounded in combat twice. In 1958, he deployed to Korea, serving as a platoon leader and forward observer with the 1st Battalion, 19th Field Artillery. He returned to Fort Sill and commanded a battery in the 1st Missile Brigade. He served as an aide-de-camp to Maj. Gen. William P. Peers, and then commanded a Little John Missile Firing Battery. In 1963 he served in Germany. In 1968, he served in Vietnam with the 4th Infantry Division. He was assigned as S-1 Division Support Command for two months and then assumed duty as operations officer, 2nd Battalion, 9th Artillery where he served as interim battalion commander for one month during some of the most intense ground combat in the Central Highlands. He later served in the Pentagon in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Research and Development. His awards include the Soldier's Medal, two Bronze Star Medals with V for valor, two Purple Hearts, three Meritorious Service Medals, eight Air Medals and the Army Commendation Medal.

Orr will also receive the Major General Douglas Dollar Distinguished Service Award. Dollar, a member of the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame, is a Vietnam veteran who later served in the U.S. Army Reserve.

U.S. Navy Captain Robert J. Kelsey will also join the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame class of 2013. He was born Dec. 2, 1945, in Lawton. He died June 24, 1992. He completed flight training in the A-4F aircraft in June 1979. After flight training he reported to the USS Oriskany in Southeast Asia and participated in air operations over North and South Vietnam. He was deployed twice with a VA-105 Squadron to the Mediterranean Sea and for service there was awarded the Commander Naval Air Atlantic Battle E and the Rear Admiral C. Wade McClusky award. During his naval career he flew more than 3,500 hours. His medals include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross three Meritorious Service Medals, 20 Air Medals with V's and seven Navy Commendation Medals. He retired from the Navy on June 4, 1992, and died June 24, 1992 of cancer.

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