O'KellyMcCluskey, 1923-2010, WWIIDAV, Photo by Cliff Wells, Adj. by Chris Pringer
O'Kelly McCluskey, Captain, Ret. WWII DAV. Photo by Cliff Wells
Memorial Address By Kathleen Kelly Mccluskey
All Acknowledge

O'Kelly McCluskey

December 23, 1926   to   February 11, 2010

Co-Founder, virtual US Peace Academy (2003)
Co-Founder, Veterans for Peace, Ch.92 (2003)

A Spiritual Warrior Who held the vision of the United States Peace Academy while pursuing the reality in ever-constant dedicated service






Sections On This Page

   "Green Crow" Stories    Quotes About O'Kelly      Photo/Video

   Resource Links          vUSPA Staff

   Page Still Under Construction    


Memorial Address By Kathleen Kelly Mccluskey

They say that most men lead lives of quiet desperation

But Dad didn't go that route.

He turned his demons into doves of peace

His pain he turned into the fuel of inspiration
that propelled him forward when his footsteps faltered, but his will did not.

Like Saroyan he always knew we were all going to die someday

But he thought that an exception would surely be made in his case.

Ever the activist, he was the master of his fate, the captain of his soul.

He expected the change he wanted to happen in the world
since after all HE was on the JOB.

Silence is the voice of complicity Dad would often say.

And well all know Dad was the quintessential quiet, go along to get along type

The Irishman forever afraid to make a scene,
stir the pot, or god forbid create a fuss.

Truth be told, Dad was nothing if he was not vocal.

His voice for peace was so loud and strong.

His arguments so compelling.

His personality so forceful.

His sentences like William Faulkners, so long.

If his just cause did not convince you there was always the backup plan

I.e. his monologue would extend beyond your ability to remember
what you were going to say when he gave up the stage.

And, oh yes, he would not yield the floor,

He would never give up the field of battle

He would never go gentle into that good night,

And God Knows he would never give up the stage,
but he'll lend it to you for a little while.

If you wish to remember him

Remember him in acts of defiance.

Sneak into parks and plant forget me nots.

Annoy politicians and defy authority.

Dream the impossible dream and fight the unconquerable foe.

Make people angry and make people think.

Make people question prevailing wisdom

And shake the status quo till its foundations crumble into dust

And peace like the phoenix rises from the ashes.


A Most Special Memorial service for O'Kelly McCluskey

On Saturday, March 13, friends mourned the passing of O'Kelly McCluskey, and celebrated his passionate activism for peace and justice. The memorial celebration was held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ballard. O'Kelly's immediate family was present and Rev. Rich Lang presided.

VFP 92 members, vUSPA associates and students, and friends shared rich stories about how O'Kelly touched their lives - often with much humor, as we knew O'Kelly would enjoy hearing them too. Cliff Wells and Kurt and Ann Kutay brought and displayed photos and memorabilia, as well as presented a special slide show presentation. There was also a video appearance by O'Kelly himself, who we knew would not want to be silent at his own going away party. We heard prayers from several spiritual traditions, all of which were important to O'Kelly. Al Penta and friends joined with several Raging Grannies to sing, “I Didn't Raise My Boy to be a Soldier.”

Mike McCormick and Elliott Stoller videotaped the celebration to share it with O'Kelly's relatives in Boston and with our members who were not able to make it. It was a very special occasion for VFP 92, for friends of O'Kelly McCluskey. Kurt Kutay says he will make his beautiful and much-praised Powerpoint tribute to O'Kelly availalble on DVD.

Rev. Rich Lang, who presided, said he has never seen such a wonderful memorial, and several members, including Dorli Rainey, said they want the same kind of send-off when their time comes.

As Gerry Condon reported, it was a wonderfully rowdy wake at Hattie's Hat afterwards, with lots of loud group singing, and the kind of dancing O'Kelly would have wanted (and probably watched with glee). There's rumor it was caught on video as well.

Thanks to the MANY members and friends who helped send O'Kelly off in style, while keeping his memory and his dedication with us always.


Two "Green Crow" Stories:
O'Kelly's Indian name was "Green Crow,"
where from came that part of his email address (greenkrow2026@...).
The other part (2026) being the date he hoped to see "USPA at Seattle - in the real," as he would say.

O'Kelly McCluskey, great spiritual warrior, 12/23/26 - 2/11/10
From Brenda Loew, Editor of Facebook Page for vUSPA

Margaret and o'Kelly's daughter just called to let us know that o'Kelly passed over just an hour ago (12:45 pm). His entire family were with him, and he died peacefully, without any apparent suffering.

Margaret said that she would be delighted to plan a memorial in conjunction with Veterans for Peace, and started crying at the idea of a statue possibly being erected for him in Peace Park.

They also told me that a "strange" thing happened. As you all know, the crow was o'Kelly's totem animal. They just had come home a little while ago and a crow landed directly in front of their car as they pulled in to the driveway, then there was an unusually huge gathering of crows, and they distinctly heard a very loud "CAW CAW" ! which, they said, o'Kelly used to do with them often. They are convinced it was o'Kelly's spirit showing them that he had passed well and was with them.

See Sept. 20, 2008 video [included below on this page]

and May 9, 2009 video [included below on this page]

also see: O'Kelly-McCluskey at facebook

Quoting Jerry Riley:

My wife and I had just this morning discussed that we could go visit O'Kelly next Tuesday. Soon thereafter I found the email informing us of his departure.

I printed it out and took it upstairs for Lillian to read. As she was reading it, there > was a larger than normal for the season flock of crows in our yard (we feed and water them, and I, too, CAW CAW at them.) As I left to go back to my computer I joked "That's O'Kelly out there giving us hell for not getting up to visit with him."

When I returned to my computer the Windows Media Player screen which has a G-Force random visualization program which shows various random abstract designs had stopped in a configuration very much like a crow flying with wing tips pointed to 0600 and 1200. Go figure the odds on that!!

O'Kelly-DAVWWII, Shades-Animated
O'Kelly McCluskey, Photo by Cliff Wells,
Animation (with gamma adjustment to reveal O'Kelly's eyes) by Chris Pringer

o'Kelly McCluskey, Presente!
A send off at the web site for

Veterans For Peace, Greater Seattle, Chapter 92
VFP92, Greater Seattle Logo, by Chris Pringer

O'Kelly on Funding the USPA at Seattle

I have suggested to my friends on the Vets for Peace National Board that he be invited to be a presenter at our '07 Convention in St Louis. ...They should also hear Nobel Prize winner [Muhammad Yunus's] dream of a "Museum of Poverty" along with the Fourth Way from Phil. I hope they take my suggestion to invite both of them. Their messages are complementary. I'm optimistic. Yunus's Poverty Museum mission has been adopted by the Peace Academy as a goal line for the future. -O'Kelly


Some Quotes by those who knew O'Kelly

O'Kelly McCluskey, our dear friend and founding member of VFP 92, has departed from this world. - Gerry Condon

Oh my god! How can we do without O'Kelly? His dedication, his good will, his determination to keep his grandsons and everybody's out of war, his wisdom and single mindedness in creating a virtual peace academy and supporting a Department of Peace. What love for family, friends and everybody! Man, how can we do without him? Love to you all, - Mike Yarrow

For those of you on Facebook, Brenda Loew invites you to please consider joining the U.S. Peace Academy fan page, and feel free to post comments about o'Kelly.

My Peace Activist Mother taught me,
"Not Failure, but LOW Aim is the bane of man" -O'Kelly

    Return to Home Page of virtual US Peace Academy    

   Page Still Under Construction    


Photo Links

vUSPA Photo Gallery for O'Kelly McCluskey

At Cliff Wells picasa site - "I have much on him, including his awarding the medal to Les Roberts and probably some others." -Cliff

Some pics of O'Kelly may be found at his vUSPA facebook page

[Continued with VIDEOs below]

O'Kelly's Concise Statement of what vUSPA is all about, 7/8/2008
[Verbatum from email (less one line of contact info), formatted into columns by web editor]
Free black publisher, Benjamin Banneker, First proposed a Peace Dept to offset the War Dept; later the 1776 Veterans presented it to a First Congress.

The US Peace Academy will make their Dream a reaity before the Centennial of the 1918 Peace Armistice that promised a Perpetual JUST World Peace.

An Educated Populice is the BEST Security for the World.
Help us create a FREE Education as a Basic Human Right to All KNOWLEDGE. .

1918 - 2018 Perpetual Just Peace

I am the master of my fate; I am the CAPTAIN of my Soul !

"Invictus" by Wm E. Henly
Capt o'Kelly McCluskey, Pax JD, WWll           Director, US Peace Academy
Black Elk's Daybreak Star Indian Ctr, Puget Sound, Seattle

Video's of O'Kelly McCluskey

[Added 3/28/10]

02/01/05 - Veterans for Peace - Part II - Guest - O'Kelly McCluskey,
Veterans for Peace Chapter 92 by Mike McCormick of Talking Stick tv
(at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8zMxtDRjO8)

Interview of o'Kelly McCluskey by Mike McCormick of Talking Stick tv
(at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pHP2NDozHQ)


Resources at this site

    Home Page of virtual US Peace Academy

    The Great Hall of the Peacemakers
    James George Peterson Library at vUSPA - Suggested Courses and Books, etc
    The Economics of War & Peace - the Iraqi War Example
    The Economics of War & Peace Part II
The 'Neo-conomy' in War, deep effects and future implications
    The Economics of War & Peace Part III
Considerations, Innovations, Accountability, Solutions, Resources
      Health Care Related (Petro-Pharmaceutical) Economics
Considerations in the cause of Seeking Accountability and Solutions - both nationally and internationally
    Resources for Sustainable Peace (Selected Links)
    Resources for Sustainable Peace (Selected Links) Page 2
    Some Highly Suggested Studies & Activities for vUSPA Students
- that will also serve well for Documentation of Intentions in Conscientious Objection.
     "Summary of 'Lawyers Guild Report on Free Speech, Public Assembly, and Dissent'"
- Legal Resource on Civil Rights and Civil Disobedience
    Poly-Psy & Citizen Health - Problems & Solutions for Discussion:
Introducing a Chart-illustrated Study in "Poly-Psy" - including re: what brought us to this critical crossroads, socially and psychologically, and a look at current citizen roles, beliefs, coping styles, and choices - for society's waking up, healing itself, and recovering Democracy. Mental & emotional re-education for long-term solutions to national & international troubles, as well as implications for short-term problem-solving applications.
    Assisting in the Healing of Veterans
For now, at the JPG Library page is a listing,
PTSD: Integrating Approaches & Paradigms, Mediating Politics
-- Suggested Class and/or Topic for Discussion.

            If any of the above links do not work, Please email request for information to Chris Pringer via vUSPA@iinet.com

Did you know that more Viet Nam veterans have committed suicide than were killed in that war? Do you know that we can make all the difference for the Gulf War vets by taking a few basically simple measures? I should say simple but not easy. Listening to the heart of a veteran of such wars is not easy, but most people can learn how to do this. [ The previous was noted at vUSPA in 2004, but for the veterans of Iraq/Afghanistan, as of July 2010,the number of suicides has already exceeded the number killed there! And the following resource has since been found MORE than applicable:]
Assisting in the Healing of Veterans -
- How to Listen (to ALLOW Emotional Release & Self-Recovery) -

For now, please use these keywords in your search engine: Co-Counseling, Re-Evaluation Counseling
(Note: Harvey Jackins, originator, has passed on, but REC has continued to develop and mature
into a most valuable, while relatively easy to learn, healing methodology)


We would like to recommend to everyone interested in peace trainings to
subscribe to the newsletter of the Institute of Peace via http://www.usip.org/

You may also find of interest the National Peace Essay Contest via

If you especially enjoy art, music, and dance, you might really have fun checking out the
v. U.S. Academy of Peace Through Art.
As Alana Lea, creator of the site, likes to quote:

      "Children, everybody, here's what to do during a war; In a time of destruction, create something.
A poem. A community. A school. A vow. A moral principle. One peaceful moment."

      - from The Fifth Book of Peace by Maxine Hong Kingston

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vUSPA Logo artwork by Chris Pringer
Artistic rendering of concepts & ideals as related to Purpose and eventual goals of vUSPA, including:

      * Eagle: integrative overview and foresight, as well as clothed by the more peaceful of the traditional symbols in the original seal of the United States (olive branch, banner "E Pluribus Unum" - meaning "Of Many, One").
      * Dove: peace, non-violence, gentleness.
      * Olive Branch: ages old symbol for Peace. In "the Great Seal," where the eagle is also holding arrows in one talon and an olive branch in the other, the eagle has its head turned towards the olive branch, said to symbolize a preference for peace.
      * Globe: global citizen oriented.
      * Open Book: Right Use of Knowledge, Right Parenting, Right Use of Science
      * Circle of Symbols of World Religions: Ecuminicism of Beliefs.
      * 4 Directions Hoop: a symbol common to almost all Indigenous people of the Americas, but of other world cultures as well, The four cardinal points of the medicine wheel can be used to explain the complex reality of personal and community development.

vUSPA Administrative Staff

Chris Pringer
Administrator & WebSiteMgr of vUSPA
Veterans for Peace Ch.92; "Seattle 12"
Instructor in "PolyPsyArts"

Until further notice, the page for "Advisors to vUSPA Students" has been discontinued (It has been 10 years or more since I have heard from or about them. ~Chris Pringer.
Pastor Rich Lang
Chaplain, vUSPA
Pastor, University Temple United Methodist Church
Seattle, WA

James Peterson McCluskey, M.L.S.
Library Consultant

Tristan McCluskey
Librarian, vUSPA
Seattle, WA

Cameron McCluskey
Librarian, vUSPA
Seattle, WA

*vUSPA Students are those who utilize the vUSPA site for the cause of Peace
in accordance with the "Highly Suggested Studies & Activities for vUSPA Students."
O'KellyMcCluskey, 1923-2010, WWIIDAV, Photo by Cliff Wells, Adj. by Chris Pringer
Special Page
In Memory of O'Kelly McCluskey
Captain, Ret. WWII DAV
12/23/26 --- 2/11/10  

In Memory of

O'Kelly McCluskey, 12/23/26 - 2/11/10
Founder of vUSPA and Mentor to many
Spiritual Warrior