EDWARD F. O'BRIEN, JR., LT, USN
Birthdate & Date of Loss
|Date of birth:||unknown|
|Date of death:||October 30, 1944|
From the 1940 Lucky Bag:
EDWARD FRANCIS O'BRIEN, JR.
West Medford, Massachusetts
A mixture of "Havaad" accent and Irish brogue serves warning that Ed is in the offing. Three years at Boston College and a dash of Harvard augmented his thirst for knowledge. Though an outstanding track man, much time has been devoted to other sports, as his bathrobe amply proclaims. His Sunday afternoons with the Batt "grunt and groaners" are renowned throughout the Regiment. In addition to sports, Ed has interests in the Boat Club and misses nary a dragging trip. He may be found at every hop, usually escorting. As a shipmate he has been of inestimable aid and a real friend these past four years.
Ed was lost when USS Seawolf (SS 197) was probably sunk by friendly fire from USS Richard M. Rowell off Morotai on October 3, 1944.
His wife was listed as next of kin.
From Hall of Valor:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Edward Francis O'Brien, Jr. (NSN: 0-85074), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as Torpedo Data Computer Operator, attached to the U.S.S. BANG, during the FIRST War Patrol of that Submarine against enemy Japanese forces in the Pacific Area from 29 March to 14 May 1944. Courageous in the face of grave peril, Lieutenant O'Brien rendered invaluable service by his efficiency in operating the torpedo data computer, thereby assisting his Commanding Officer in conducting aggressive attacks against heavily escorted enemy convoys which resulted in the sinking of a substantial amount of Japanese shipping. By his outstanding technical skill and unwavering devotion to duty, Lieutenant O'Brien also assisted his ship in employing successful evasive tactics and his gallant conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Pacific Fleet Board Awards: Serial 75 (July 16, 1945)
Action Date: March 29 - May 14, 1944
Company: Torpedo Data Computer Operator
Division: U.S.S. Bang (SS-385)
From Hall of Valor:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Bronze Star Medal (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Edward Francis O'Brien, Jr. (NSN: 0-85074), United States Navy, for heroic service on board the U.S.S. THRESHER (SS-200) during action against enemy Japanese forces. On the THIRD, FOURTH, FIFTH, SIXTH and SEVENTH War Patrols when the THRESHER was subjected to twenty attacks in which a total of 160 bombs and depth charges were dropped, Lieutenant Commander O'Brien manned his battle station with outstanding professional skill. Through prompt action and efficient direction, he was responsible for the immediate repair or minimization of all damage sustained, thereby rendering invaluable service to his Commanding Officer by maintaining his vessel in effective fighting condition. The exemplary conduct and valiant devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Commander O'Brien under extremely hazardous circumstances were an inspiration to his associates and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander 7th Fleet: Serial 8432 (June 30, 1945 (Navy and Marine Corps Medal Recalled and Replaced by BSM)
Action Date: World War II
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Division: U.S.S. Thresher (SS-200)
Memorial Hall Error
Memorial Hall lists him as a LT, but multiple other sources have him as a LCDR.
|Class of 1940|
|Edward is one of 89 members of the Class of 1940 in Memorial Hall.|
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