Orr Kelly: He worked for the Washington Star and U.S. News and World Report and wrote 13 books

From a Washington Post obit on journalist and author Orr Kelly:

Orr Kelly, 97, a journalist who for many years covered the Pentagon for the Washington Star and U.S. News & World Report before writing 13 books about the military and other topics, died March 17 in North Bethesda, Md.

Mr. Kelly, whose interest in military affairs began when he served as a B-17 and B-29 bomber airplane navigator in World War II, worked for newspapers in California before joining the Star in 1962. He spent 10 years at U.S. News & World Report before retiring in 1986.

His books included “Brave Men, Dark Waters: The Untold Story of the Navy SEALs” (1992) and “King of the Killing Zone” (1980), which detailed the development of the Army’s M1 Abrams battle tank. As part of his research, he flew in mock aerial dogfights and completed a naval water survival training program.

He also wrote the crime novel “The Big Wink,” and, following the death of his wife in 2006, another book called, “Where Do We Go From Here? A Christian Confronts the Mysteries of Death and Life After Death.”

Mr. Kelly, who lived in Chevy Chase, Md., was born Alfred Orr Kelly in San Luis Obispo, Calif. He was a general assignment reporter and editor at the San Francisco Chronicle and founded the weekly newspaper the Berkeley Review. He also was a founder of the Defense Writers Group and vice president of the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild.

An explanatory note: This Washington Post obit on Kelly was published two months after his death on March 17. Before Jeff Bezos bought the Post in 2013, the newspaper had a strong emphasis on local news, including local obits. The Post now emphasizes national and international news so the deaths of Washingtonians are most often ignored or, as in this case, published as a “community death” months later.

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