Ed Kelly was drafted into the Navy after completing his medical internship at Mercy Hospital in 1968. He shipped to Vietnam and served as a field medical officer with the 3rd Marine Division, a job that required him to go out on patrols and order medivac helicopters when needed. Ed then served as a battalion surgeon treating wounded Marines at a makeshift hospital in Dong Ha, six miles south of the DMZ.
In April 2013, Vietnam veteran Ed Kelly joined us for our first veterans oral history educational project at Winchester-Thurston School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was part of our effort to work with teachers and students to provide an interesting workshop covering the oral history process, appropriate interview questions, special considerations when interviewing veterans, active listening skills, and oral history ethics.
Ed was interviewed by Dr. Mick Naragon’s advanced placement history students.