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Edward Fiske O'Hara
Birth: Dec. 22, 1925
Portland
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
Death: May 5, 1991
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA

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After living through a hard life, 3 wars and 31 years in the Army Air Corps/Air Force, my father lost his battle with metastatic lung cancer in 1991. He was not a smoker and it was not smoker's lung cancer. More research needs to be done on those other things than can cause lung cancer.
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WWII 1st Allied Airborne
Co. C, 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment
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The 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team (517th PRCT), one of the U.S. Army's first elite combat units, began its existence in March 1943, training at Camp Toccoa in the backwoods of Georgia. Although it began as the 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment (517th PIR), an element of the 17th Airborne Division, the 517th PRCT was formed when the 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment was combined with the 460th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion (460th PFAB) and the 596th Parachute Combat Engineer Company. The 517th saw most of its combat (in Italy, Southern France, and the Battle of the Bulge) as an independent unit. At the end of World War II, the unit was eventually incorporated into the 13th Airborne Division.

Before its dissolution after only thirty-three months, the outfit of 2,500 men endured some of the heaviest fighting of the European campaigns—from Italy through the invasion of Southern France (Operation Dragoon), then the bitter winter in the Ardennes (in the Battle of the Bulge) and the final thrust into Germany.

During its relatively brief lifetime, the 517th Regimental Parachute Combat Team accumulated over 150 combat days during five campaigns on battlefields in Italy, France, Belgium and Germany. The battalion casualty rate was 81.9 percent. The Team suffered 1,576 casualties and had 247 men killed in action. PFC Melvin E. Biddle B/1/517th PIR was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroic actions during the Soy-Hotton engagement. On February 15, 1945, elements of the RCT were assigned to the 13th Airborne Division. The 13th was deactivated in February of 1946. In addition to the one Medal of Honor, troopers of the 517th PRCT earned 131 Silver Stars, 631 Bronze Stars, 1,576 Purple Hearts, 6 Distinguished Service Crosses, 5 Legion of Merits, 4 Soldier Medals, 2 Air Medals and 17 French Croix de Guerres.

The 517th was formally deactivated in 1946. Eight members of he 517th went on to attain the rank of General in the U.S. Army.
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 Parents:
  Edward Fiske O'Hara (1890 - 1972)
  Thecla Clara Riedel Kelly (1905 - 1988)
 
 Siblings:
  Clara Aenid Smith (1917 - 2007)**
  Laura Elizabeth Smith Brubaker (1918 - ____)**
  Edward Fiske O'Hara (1925 - 1991)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Inscription:
MSGT
US Air Force
WORLD WAR II
KOREA
VIETNAM
 
Burial:
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section AA Site 1449
 
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Record added: Mar 03, 2011
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