James F. Kelly, 81, of Bensalem, a retired Marine who managed three drive-in theaters in the Philadelphia area, died of heart failure on Sunday, Nov. 4, at his home.
Mr. Kelly was born in Philadelphia and raised in the Roxborough section. He attended St. John's High School before joining the Marines about 1950. He was stationed in Hawaii, California, and Virginia.
He served in the Marine Corps for about 20 years, rising to the rank of gunnery sergeant. He was deployed to Korea and Vietnam.
In Korea, Mr. Kelly was one of the "Chosin Few," members of the First Division hailed for bravery as they fought Chinese troops at Chosin Reservoir in a battle some called the Iwo Jima of the Korean War.