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BRIAN RICHARD O'CONNOR


is honored on Panel 14E, Line 100 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Buddy O'Connor

    Posted on 5/12/16 - by Clint "Sonny" Rand ClintRand@comcast.net
    Everyone in the neighborhood knew Brian O'Connor as "Buddy." World War II was winding down but it was still a big part of our lives. My dad was in the Pacific, men in uniform walked in town and in the shops and huge formations of airplanes flew over Bradford, MA where Buddy and I grew up. We played in the sand box in Buddy's back yard with toy soldiers from Woolworth and dressed up like solders in army surplus from Cortell's. We were destined for the Marine Corps from the beginning. See you soon, Buddy.
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  • To Brian, my Brother in law

    Posted on 3/8/15 - by Mary McCann
    Dear Brian, you married my sister oh so many years ago and were gone from our lives less than a year later, such a short time to know someone. I still think of you all the time, wipe away a tear and see your facing telling me to buck up!
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  • Brian was my friend

    Posted on 3/26/14 - by Vern Nelson
    Brian and I were room mates in Basic School at Quantico. He was always ready with a story, some advice or just good conversation. His knowledge of Marine Corps history impressed even our instructors in their lectures. He was one of the most respected and liked of the whole class. Being just a couple of years older than most of us he was also know as the "Old Man." I think of him often. Rest in peace old friend, you will never be forgotten.
    Brian is standing top right in photo.
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  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 1/31/14 - by A Marine, USMC, Vietnam
    Silver Star


    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant Brian Richard O'Connor (MCSN: 0-94002), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Platoon Commander, Second Platoon, with Company H, Second Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 29 January 1967. Second Lieutenant O'Connor was ordered to assault an enemy position which had another friendly platoon pinned down by heavy automatic weapons and rifle fire in an open ride paddy. By his fearless determination, he maneuvered his platoon across some 800 meters under intense enemy fire. With complete disregard for his own safety, Second Lieutenant O'Connor exposed himself to the withering enemy fire, shouting instructions to his men and pointing out enemy positions. After routing the enemy from the left flank position and causing them to flee, he then rallied his men and continued the assault on the remaining enemy positions which still had the other platoon pinned down. Although the men were near the point of exhaustion from the previous assault, he inspired them to such a degree that they continued 250 meters in the maze of enemy bunkers and trenches, destroying the enemy within or causing them to break and run. By his aggressiveness, Second Lieutenant O'Connor was instrumental in breaking the enemy main line of resistance and undoubtedly saved the lives of many of the Marines in the other platoon. His gallant leadership, fearless actions and loyal devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
    Action Date: January 29, 1967

    Service: Marine Corps

    Rank: Second Lieutenant

    Company: Company H

    Battalion: 2d Battalion

    Regiment: 1st Marines

    Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
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  • Friendship

    Posted on 11/16/13 - by Art Littlefield, Capt. USMC Retired Forward Observer, Hotel Co. 66-67
    Brian and I joined Hotel Co. 2-1 about the same time as 2nd Lts.. He a recent graduate of OCS on his first deployment and me as a Mustang with multiple years in the Corps. We both came from the Northeast and we both loved the Corps. There was chemistry between us from the start. Over the next few months our friendship grew. It's amazing how close friendships can grow under extreme adverse conditions. I think it would have endured long after the war.
    I believe Brian would have been a huge success in life whether it was a Marine career or civilian life.
    Although our friendship lasted only 4 months, my memory will last a lifetime.
    I think of you often. Rest in peace ole buddy. Semper Fi
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