Friday, March 18, 2005

Silver Star Shining

Awards are not uncommon in today's world. Most people have one hanging on a wall, gathering dust on a shelf, or tucked away in a forgotten place. Yet some awards just carry more weight than others, even leaving a mark in history. An oscar, Most Valuable Player, a Silver Star.
I watched as a silver Star as pinned on my son's chest March 10 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The second highest award an enlisted man can recieve, the Silver Star is the symbol of uncommon gallantry under fire against a foreign emeny of the United States. My son's name will be added to a list that includes Audie Murphy, Douglas MacAathur, John McCain, and John Kerry. Kelly Mahon will be in the company of heroes forever. Only an act of congress can take that away.
He was a rowdy boy who always tried his best. He loved to compete and took risks. From Little League catcher to gymkhana racer, wild bull rider in pro rodeo, he went on to join the Army and jump out of airplaes with the 101st Airborne. He was a member of the Long Range Surveillance unit during Desert Storm, qualified as a Ranger and Pathfinder before making it into the most elite group the Army has, Special Forces. He would not rest until he was picked as on of three out of 100 applicants to wear the Green Beret.
I watched him on stage as they related that night in Iraq when he crawled under crossfire to pull another SF soldier to safety, then led an attact against Al Qaeda terrorists holed up in a two story house. It is a mother's nightmare and pride.
I'm against war, especially this one. Yet I respect the men and women who so courageously answer their country's call. Too many do not. Every man I have ever loved has served his country and worn its uniform; my father, my brothers, my husband, my son. They have no regrets. They are proud of Kelly also.
I wear a peace sign and mourn the name of every fallen sevice man and woman. I ask congress to bring our people home alive. I do what little I can as a member of Grandmothers for Peace.
Bravery, patriotism, and leadership are not about war, but are conditions of the heart.


Anonymous anotherkansan said...

I am truely touched. By reading this, I now know another part of your son. He is a special man who will never acknowledge that he is a wonderful part of many peoples lives. We who know Kelly will treasure him forever as a friend for all eternity.

June 10, 2005 at 10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kelly is the love of my life. I love him dearly. I am also very proud of him. He is a strong and prave man.

November 13, 2005 at 3:48 PM  
Anonymous Darby Hill said...

hello nan, i would love to get in touch with kelly. this is darby hill, i served with him in the 101st LRSD. please contact me or have him contact me. i have started a website at where you can find my email address. there are some pics of kelly there and team 2 and there will be more added in the future. thanks for your help. love the blog story.

December 16, 2006 at 6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so happy to hear that kelly is safe and sound, and also very proud of him. I will never forget the trip to TN. to see kelly, he touched my heart like no else.


December 28, 2006 at 7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your artical touched my heart. I love your son Kelly, he is a true one of a kind, a true man's man like his father. He is my one true love and I will love him forever.


January 18, 2007 at 1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is a really great guy. I have not had the opportunity to talk with him much but he always is thinking of me and I of him. I am hoping to soon see more of him.

January 25, 2007 at 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kelly is a wonderful man. I am always so happy and when I hear his voice.

January 25, 2007 at 11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally I think Kelly is a two timing liar who takes advantage of women every chance he gets!

January 30, 2007 at 7:00 AM  
Anonymous pucker said...

Kelly single handely cleaned house at the Classic Cat, just protecting his turf! A great man.

July 25, 2007 at 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think he's a sorry mother fucker myself!

July 31, 2007 at 1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have always wondered what kind of mother that Kelly Glenn had and now I know....You raised a wonderful man.....He is a special person in my life and many times when I was down on myself....He helped me regain my self-esteem and confidence....He will always have a special place in my heart.

August 13, 2007 at 5:22 PM  
Anonymous Rod Sculley said...

I don't know who or why anyone would post a comment about a highly decorated, brave, honorable and mentionable individual as Kelly Mahon is. When he was awarded this Silver Star he kept it low key and still does today. He says he was only doing his job. He went above the call of duty and and he only knows one way of doing as he calls it, his job or his personal life and that is too the best of his ability and only accepts success. Granted I have tagged him with "Stir the Pot" Mahon,and he is good at it. Maybe your one of those who got your pot stirred. Get over it and yourself. Apparently you really don't know him or ever will cause he didn't give you the time of day. You must be one of those who talk the most and know the least. I suspect you are from Kansas and Ill be back there the first week in October for a week so if you want to discuss is further in person, you know where and how to get a hold of me! How disresptful!!!!!!!!!

August 24, 2007 at 4:26 AM  
Anonymous Kansas said...

Obviously there is a lot about Mahon that you don't know.

August 29, 2007 at 5:22 AM  
Anonymous Darlene said...

Cleaning house at the Cat House is real impressive, something to be proud of! NOT!!!

January 21, 2008 at 11:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you provide me the Citation and Narrative for Award of the Silver Star for your son. I have been compiling all citations for the Silver Star and higher for all wars. YOu can see them posted at

Email me at: if you can help.

Congrats on a gallant son.

May 27, 2008 at 9:03 PM  
Anonymous Courtney said...

I hate all of you who dispise my cousin, Kelly. If Kelly weren't in the special forces, you all wouldn't be safe in your homes. You'd all probably be dead! So Shut up and let's see you try to get a silver star. Now eat that. You're all just jealous. Beat it! You sinners....

May 29, 2008 at 12:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all of the jerks who posted ill comments about Kelly! You must not have gotten the opportunity to know this man on a True level. He is kind, generous, honest and humble. So, next time that you feel the need to be a jackass, focus it on someone that isnt protecting you everyday!


June 16, 2008 at 9:29 AM  
Anonymous darby said...

kelly is a good dude. he was like an older brother to me for 2 of the craziest years of my life. some of you ladies were hurt because he is such a quality guy. if he weren't, you probably wouldn't care as much. but not everything can work out for your best and you should just want what is best for kelly really.

ps - classic cat rocked.

June 17, 2008 at 10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I had to guess, you bitter bitches are a product of Kelly's ability to skim through people and figure out who is real and who is fake. Obviously, you weren't the real deal or you would have a true friendship with Kelly like so many of us do! He is a fine man and it is his gain not to have trash like you in his life


June 18, 2008 at 2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bitches hell, I'm a dude and have worked with Kelly in the military side by side for many years. He's not as nobel as you all think. He is a liar and a cheat. I know this from personal experiences. Just because he got a medal doesn't make him God. And there are alot of other men fighting for your freedom too, not just kelly.

July 9, 2008 at 5:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jody I wouldn't be taking up for Kelly if I were you, he slept with your wife and your sister.

August 1, 2008 at 9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A little late in posting, but glad I found this. Kelly is a great guy, he and I hung out alot when I was in LRSU at cambell.


August 14, 2008 at 8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its a shame that kellys mom is trying to have a nice site for her son and it has turned into a slug fest to see who can belittle him the most. I understand that Kelly may have done bad things but honor his mother wishes for this site by giving credit to her son for the good things. Two wrongs doesn't make a right!

August 26, 2008 at 10:12 AM  
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November 10, 2008 at 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Courtney said...


November 29, 2008 at 7:00 AM  
Anonymous Nan Mahon said...

I ask you to please stop this back and forth about Kelly. Especially those of you who are afraid to post your name and own your comments. Some of your language is terrible and I see why I will never meet you. At least I hope not.
Let me inform you that Kelly does not read this blog and does not know about the hateful or the kind things you have posted. I hesitate to read it myself.
Each of us hope, some time in our lives, to do something honorable. Kelly did that something on a battlefield. Please allow him that. I hope someday your moment comes also.
As Kelly's mother and the author of this blog, I ask you to take your problems elsewhere. Two years of this discussion is quite enough.

December 4, 2008 at 12:38 PM  
Anonymous Sonny R Hey said...

kelly is a wonderful person, all you people with nothing but negative things to say, should be ashamed of yourselves!!!! dont we have enough "negative" in this world right now? i love ya kelly, and i hope all is well in your life. sonny rae hey (mcdonald)

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