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Species: Human
Gender: male
Birthplace: San Francisco, California (Earth)
Born: 2232
Died: 2265, Delta Vega
Affiliation: Federation
Occupation: officer
Previous Assignment: helmsman, USS Potemkin
Final Assignment: helmsman, USS Enterprise
Rank: lieutenant
Insignia: Starfleet insignia.
Insignia image.

Lieutenant Lee Kelso was a 23rd century male Human Starfleet officer who served as helmsman aboard the USS Enterprise in the 2260s. His life was tragically cut short in 2265.


Early life and career

Born in San Francisco, California, Earth, Kelso was orphaned at an early age and with no other living relatives, he was placed in an institution in Los Angeles where he was raised until the age of 18. (TOS comic: "Who's Who in Star Trek 1"; TOS - My Brother's Keeper novel: Constitution)

Kelso later went on to be educated at the Palo Alto Technical Institute and went on to enter Starfleet Academy. While at the Academy he was a classmate and close friend of James T. Kirk. While at the Academy, he became quite popular and was always surrounded by a crowd of people. He also excelled at outdoor athletics, especially soccer, gliding and surfing. (TOS comic: "Who's Who in Star Trek 1") Kelso also had a strong interest in architecture, and in ancient Egypt. (TOS novel: Strangers from the Sky)

Following his graduation from the Academy, Kelso was assigned to the USS Lexington as helmsman. After a couple of years aboard the Lexington, Kelso transferred to the USS Potemkin. (TOS - My Brother's Keeper novel: Constitution)

In 2264, Kelso grew tired of life aboard the Potemkin and applied for a transfer to the USS Enterprise. Before assuming command of the Enterprise, Captain James T. Kirk spoke to the captain of the Potemkin and had Kelso immediately assigned aboard as a helmsman and navigator. Kelso and Gary Mitchell often exchanged friendly banter on the bridge and during senior staff meetings, to the point of Kelso losing all composure and laughing out loud at Mitchell's humor. Kelso ironically told Mitchell that he'd be the death of him. (TOS - My Brother's Keeper novel: Constitution)

According to the TOS comic: "All Those Years Ago...", Kelso was serving aboard the Enterprise prior to Kirk assuming command of the ship. His reaction that it was "low" for Kirk to request to beam aboard the Enterprise and look around prior to the change of command ceremony could indicate that he had served under Christopher Pike for a period of time.

Aboard the Enterprise

Shortly after Kelso transferred aboard the Enterprise, Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott caught Kelso making slight adjustments to the deuterium injectors. When Scott asked Kelso what he was doing, Kelso commented that some "idiot chief engineer" had the wrong ratios set on the injector. This sparked off a friendly rivalry between the two officers.

Over the following months, the two officers would race each other to see who could make it to the transporter room first. Because main engineering was closer to the transporter room than the bridge, and Scott didn't have to wait to be relieved, Kelso almost always arrived last. This changed during a mission to investigate a Ceebriian derelict near Alpha Ortelina VII in 2265. With the help of a transporter operator, Kelso rigged the transporter controls so that when a special signal was sent from the helm console, he would be transported directly to the transporter room, once he entered the turbolift. (TOS - My Brother's Keeper novel: Constitution)

A few weeks later, Kelso met his unfortunate demise on Delta Vega. Kelso led an engineering party to the surface to oversee the removal of lithium crystal packs from the lithium cracking station and its installation aboard the Enterprise. Kelso was killed by Gary Mitchell after he became possessed by god-like powers. (TOS episode: "Where No Man Has Gone Before")

Because Kelso had no surviving relatives, his memorial service was conducted in the Enterprise's chapel by Captain Kirk. Many officers spoke at the service, including Commander Scott, Lieutenant Dezago, and finally Captain Kirk. All of the officers praised his dilligence to duty and his fine skills, and agreed that his death was a loss to the Enterprise and Starfleet. (TOS - My Brother's Keeper novel: Constitution)

Alternate timeline

In an alternate timeline where Terra Prime succeeded in controlling Earth in the 22nd century, Lee Kelso served as navigator aboard the UESS Enterprise in the mid-2260s.

In 2264, Kelso was on duty on the bridge when the Enterprise picked up a distress call from the Earth vessel SS Columbia. (Myriad Universes novel: A Less Perfect Union)




USS Lexington personnel
USS Lexington (NCC-1709) J. Baila • Berriman • P. Coss • Garth of Izar • Ito • T. IvariL. KelsoW.C. PerinalM. Rousseau • W. Samuels • D. SinclairC. StuartN. UhuraR. Wesley Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
USS Lexington (NCC-14427) Declan KeoghManojlovichRosita Pérez
USS Lexington (NCC-61832) T. AllenbyH. AndersonAntonacciAudreyG. Ben ZomaBowdrenT. CadwalladerS. CarsonCavanaughJ. CoxEberlingFornnelGainesF. GallowayGriscomHalprinHasegawaG. JensonP. JosephKumagaiLeffE. LenseR. MithraMoytulixPridemoreRodgersSorianoJ. TurnerTwistekeyMan-Fai WanWilhoite
USS Lexington (Steamrunner-class) A. Jago


In his episodic appearance, Kelso wore an operations division beige Starfleet uniform, even though helmsmen usually wear the uniform of the command division. The division insignia on his assignment patch was the stylized globe symbol that would later be exclusively for sciences division personnel.


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Lieutenant Lee Kelso (2265)

Lieutenant Lee Kelso was a helmsman and engineering officer aboard the USS Enterprise in 2265. While investigating the destruction of the SS Valiant, the Enterprise transited the galactic barrier and her warp drive was severely damaged. The starship limped to Delta Vega where Kelso, a "talented thief", cannibalized the equipment there to repair the damaged engines. Kelso was later murdered on Delta Vega by Gary Mitchell, whose own encounter with the barrier left him both more and less than human. (TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before")

Kelso was born in San Francisco in 2232. Orphaned at an early age, he was raised in the Los Angeles Children's Enclave until age 18. (TOS novel: Constitution, Star Trek: Pendragon)

Navigators of the starships Enterprise
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701): Tyler | Kelso | Alden | Bailey | Farrell
Hadley | Riley | Stiles | Latimer | DeSalle | Osborne | Painter
Chekov | Leslie | Haines | Arex | Ilia | DiFalco | Saavik
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A): Chekov

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