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Maurice Francis O'Connell
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Birth: Jun. 30, 1924
Breckinridge County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Aug. 27, 1944
Departement du Finistère
Bretagne, France

World War II casualty. He attended Breckinridge County High School in the 1940's but was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II. Because so many soldiers died during D-Day (June 6, 1944), Maurice was assigned as a replacement soldier in the 29th Infantry Division (now famous for its D-Day accomplishments). While most of the D-Day soldiers were directed to move east toward Berlin, Maurice's unit was ordered to move west to liberate German military holdings in the Brittany Peninsula (French: Bretagne). Their objective was to capture the Port of Cherbourg (the westernmost tip of France) so American military supplies could be shipped directly onto the European Continent. Cherbourg was liberated June 27, 1944, but prior to that time, the supplies had to be transported to England and then re-shipped across the English Channel to France. Maurice was killed in action near Guilers, France, while the Allies liberated the City of Brest. His life story is recorded in "A Biography of Maurice F. O'Connell: The Story of An American Hero." His remains were first interred at the Brittany United States Military Cemetery at St. James, France, but four years later, his parents requested that his body be returned home to Ivy Hill. 
Family links: 
  Alfred Francis O'Connell (1899 - 1987)
  Beulah Marie Keenan O'Connell (1903 - 1982)
  Maurice Francis O'Connell (1924 - 1944)
  Charles Preston O'Connell (1926 - 1986)*
*Calculated relationship
Ivy Hill Cemetery
Breckinridge County
Kentucky, USA
Created by: Perry Ryan
Record added: Jul 05, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9045498
Maurice Francis O'Connell
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I Company 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division
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