Don Kelly enlisted in theUnited States Navyon June 17, 1941 just prior toWorld War IIand saw active duty aboard theUSS StantonandUSS Palmer. He saw convoy duty at San Juan, Puerto Rico, Iceland, England, Scotland, Africa (Invasion), then a brief leave in the US and back on convoy to the European Theater, Africa, Italy (all phases of the European campaign), convoy duty then to Scotland, Africa, Iceland, Southern France (Invasion) through Channel into Pacific and then on to the Carolinas, Siapan, Tinian, Marshalls, Gilbert, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and the Sea of Japan. He saw active duty four years, three months, and 17 days.
Don Kelly received an Honorable Discharge after the war and upon separation joined his cousin's ice skating show.
O'Kelly née Kelly used hisGI Bill of Rightsto study acting with the Strasberg company in Hollywood, CA.
He was a prolific painter. Some of his art work is at the U.S.S. Elizabeth C. Stanton, AP69 Museum (affectionally known as "The Lucky Lizzie.")