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Maj Kenneth James O'Brien
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Birth: Jan. 11, 1895
Starr Valley
Elko County
Nevada, USA
Death: Dec. 15, 1944, Philippines

O'Brien, Kenneth J., U.S. Army Air Forces - World War II
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Name: Kenneth J O'Brien
Gender: Male
Race: White
Religion: No Record
Disposition: Nonrecoverable
Service Branch: Army
Rank: Major
Service Number: 112538
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Kenneth J. O'Brien
Date of death: December 15, 1944
Home of record: California
Status: MIA
Major O'Brien was killed in action on December 15, 1944.

Awards and Citations
Distinguished Service Cross
Awarded posthumously for actions during the World War II
Major (Air Corps) Kenneth J. O'Brien (ASN: 0-112538), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, Bataan Defense Force, in action against enemy forces on 7 April 1942, in the Philippine Islands.

Major O'Brien's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Bataan Defense Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Genera lOrders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 236 (1945)
Action Date: 7-Apr-42
Service: Army Air Forces
Rank: Major
Company: Headquarters
Division: Bataan Defense Force

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Davao Penal Colony #502
(DEPOCOL)
O'Brien, Kenneth J.,Maj,
O&112538,
USAAC,Oryoku Maru,
44.12.15
Hell ship Oryoku Maru: On 15 December 1944, she had 1,619 American and British prisoners of war on board when she was sunk, under heavy bombardment by American fighters while on her way from Subic Bay to Japan. She was less than half a kilometer off the Alava Pier when attacked. About 300 prisoners died during the short voyage from Manila and during the attack.

Research and bio by JMB 
 
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 Parents:
  James Hanley O'Brien (1863 - 1950)
  Marian H. McDermott O'Brien (1869 - 1923)
 
 Sibling:
  Kenneth James O'Brien (1895 - 1944)
  Raymond Hanley O'Brien (1906 - 1943)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Chico Cemetery
Chico
Butte County
California, USA
 
Maintained by: Juliane Montgomery Burba...
Originally Created by: Janet (Hoobler) Bertagna
Record added: Aug 13, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57019791
Maj Kenneth James O'Brien
Added by: Janet (Hoobler) Bertagna
 
Maj Kenneth James O'Brien
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