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'Irish giant' first to fall

Altoona's Kelly led the way into Paris and was first American wounded in fight

August 24, 2014
By Russ O’Reilly ( , The Altoona Mirror

At Arlington National Cemetery, Section 17, Grave No. 23671-45, is the headstone of Sgt. Lawrence Russell Kelly of Altoona, the first American soldier in Paris for the liberation of France, and the first American soldier wounded as the Nazis were driven out.

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