Jerry was active in creating memorials and working in the Twin Firs cemetery in Belfair, WA. He provided, at his own expense, simple markers for individuals buried in the cemetery who had none.
His Find A Grave Bio:
I live north of Allyn driving to Belfair on North East State Route 3. I have added photos of some veterans graves markers that I knew since living here in 1987. I and my Legion post 200 decorate veterans graves here for every Memorial Day. I will look at some more veterans names on the list to see if they need a photo of their marker and snap photos of them at Twin Firs Cemetery and put on Find a Grave. I added three names today with marker photos. I'm a Vietnam Navy Veteran 1968-1981.
Shelton-Mason County Journal, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, page 28
Jerry O'Connor EM-1
Jerry A. O'Connor, born 04/08/1948, age 72, passed away peacefully in his home in Allyn, WA, July 12,2020. Jerry was a decorated veteran in the Vietnam War doing three tours to serve his country. He spent 12 years in the Navy, and 8 years working in the shipyards at Bremerton, WA. When he was 19, Jerry joined the Navy as his father had. On his first tour on the Constellation he served Brother Duty with Randy, during the Vietnam War. Sailor, Jerry served USN Feb. 1968-1981. Vietnam Tonkin Gulf 1969-1972. He served on the USS Constellation CVA-64, USS Nereus AS-17, USS Conquest-MSO 488, USS Conquest-MSO 488, USS Moctobi ATF105 YTM-YTB-Subic Bay, PI., Sub Base Pearl Harbor, HWI, NSA. Sandpoint, Seattle, WA. Jerry was born in Mauston, WI. to Alvin and Mary O'Connor. Jerry graduated from Sheridan High School in 1966. The love of adventure led him to work for Yellowstone and Crater Lake National Parks. While working in Bremerton, Jerry settled in Allyn, WA. He was a dedicated Veteran volunteering with the VFW. Jerry helped clean and locate the graves and markers for fellow veterans. Jerry had a passion for his Ford Fair lanes, hunting, gardening, canning, and skimming through the internet for amusing anecdotes. He and his E-mails will be missed. Jerry is survived by his brother Randy, (Eve). Sister Debbie Jones, (Lowell), and brother Robert, (Gabby). Nephews and Nieces Tara, North, Riley, Alicia, Lydia, and James.
Thanks to contributor Linda Jackson for providing me with the burial location for Jerry:
O'CONNOR, JERRY ALVIN
EM2 US NAVY
DATE OF BIRTH: 04/08/1948
DATE OF DEATH: 07/12/2020
PARK BLVD ONTARIO, OR 97914
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