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The Siren's Call and Second Chances: A Story of Perseverance, Service, Heroic Courage and Love Paperback – December 28, 2016
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About the Author
Tom Kelley served for thirty years in the U.S. Navy, after which he took care of Massachusetts veterans as the secretary of veterans’ services for the Commonwealth. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1970. A graduate of Boston College High School and the College of the Holy Cross, Tom is the father of three daughters and he has two grandsons. Joan (Chiara) Kelley served in the Naval Reserve for twenty years and was an attorney for various government agencies. She received her B.A. in English from Emmanuel College, an M.S. degree in public relations from Boston University, and her J.D. from New England School of Law. She is the mother of one son. Tom and Joan live in Somerville, Massachusetts, and travel through-out the country for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, of which he’s currently president.
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We see Joan, a young girl of Sicilian descent, draw inspiration from her WWII veteran father to embark on a path as a Navy officer and attorney, serving in several tumultuous periods in history.
We meet Tom, schooled in morality by the Jesuits and we follow him into battle in Vietnam, for tender moments- when he medivacs a wounded girl- to the raging battle on the Ong Muong Canal where he earns our nation's highest award for bravery and ultimately finds himself exchanging quips with Nixon in the White House.
Told in a unified voice, with tenderness and a lack of pretense---the reader forgets that Tom is a Captain and Joan, a Commander---this is a stirring story of two humble heroes who wear the uniform with honor and will never stop serving.