TSGT Edward R O'Hern

TSGT Edward R O'Hern

Birth
Death 15 Aug 1944 (aged 20–21)
Italy
Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Plot SECTION 79 SITE 319-321
Memorial ID 44852657 · View Source
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Edward served as a Technical Sergeant & Radio Operator on a B-24 #44-41086, 513th Bomber Squadron, 376th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Fayette County, Ohio prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on March 23, 1943 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as an industry clerk and also as Single, without dependents.

Edward was promoted to the rank of Technical Sergeant on June 14, 1944.

Edward was "Killed In Action" when his B-24 exploded after take-off for an unknown reason in San Pancrazio, Italy.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred in the U.S. Cemetery, Bari, Italy and was later repatriated here on December 5, 1949.

Service # 33441076

The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldiers & sailors were killed in close proximity to each other they were unable, at that time, to identify them separately and interred their remains together in one grave.

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Airmen who perished on B-24 #44-41086

Accola, Roy A ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, CO
Austin, Dillard D ~ S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, MI
Beach, Kenneth R ~ S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, WY
Bunker, Allen J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, WI
Bunting, Henry S ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, KN
Chapman, Lyle C ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, ND
Freedman, Charles ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, PA
Kenrick, James J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NY
Kinzie, Raymond J ~ T/Sgt, Engineer,
O'Hern, Edward R ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, OH
Rimerman, Franklin R ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, IL

It is unknown why records show "two" Navigator's on this B-24. Since 2nd Lt. Bunting is shown as the normally assigned Navigator for this crew is it believed that 1st Lt. Freedman volunteered for this mission to get "flying points" towards a trip home. This was not "unusual" during World War II.

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Special thanks to:
ShaneO for submitting this record for bio updates!

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Previously added to Find A Grave:

T/Sgt. Edward O'Hern Services Are Held:
Mr. and Mrs. John O'Hern and son Jack, and daughter Regina, of 34 Martha street, have returned from St. Louis, Mo., where they attended the funeral of their son and brother, T/Sgt. Edward R. O'Hern. Sgt. O'Hern was killed August 14, 1944, over Italy while serving as a crew member on a B-24.

THE EVENING STANDARD, UNIONTOWN, PA., December 10, 1949.

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 27 Nov 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 44852657
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for TSGT Edward R O'Hern (1923–15 Aug 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 44852657, citing Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .