|Birth: ||Jan. 11, 1895|
|Death: ||Dec. 15, 1944, Philippines|
O'Brien, Kenneth J., U.S. Army Air Forces - World War II
Name: Kenneth J O'Brien
Religion: No Record
Service Branch: Army
Service Number: 112538
Kenneth J. O'Brien
Date of death: December 15, 1944
Home of record: California
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
Division: Bataan Defense Force
Davao Penal Colony #502
O'Brien, Kenneth J.,Maj,
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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Originally Created by: Janet (Hoobler) Bertagna
Record added: Aug 13, 2010
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