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DENIS O'CONNOR


is honored on Panel 27E, Line 85 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • A remembrance on Memorial Day

    Posted on 5/27/03 - by Beth
    Just a note to say how proud and lucky I am to have had Denis O'Connor as a father.

    A family gathering doesn't go by without stories told of him (always accompanied by plenty of laughter and tears).

    Thanks to my father for his service to our country and his enduring spirit.

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  • The Man I Never Knew

    Posted on 5/2/03 - by Brendan Kenny
    I never knew Denis - I was born twelve years after he died - but I have felt for years as though I knew him like a best friend, or a brother. I am profoundly grateful for the service he rendered to his country. Thanks to all for posting here; I look forward to learning more about Denis.
    God bless.
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  • From Doots

    Posted on 9/24/02 - by Mary Pratto
    For the past (about to be) 35 years you have been
    remembered by me with love. My children are more
    than familiar with your memorable quotes. I feel
    truly blessed to have had you as my brother.
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  • Denis, my husband

    Posted on 9/18/02 - by patricia ekenberg
    Denis and I met in college. After he graduated in 1963, he began active duty as a 2nd Lt. in Wiesbaden, West Germany. I joined him the next year, and we were married. We had a wonderful tour in Germany, and welcomed the birth of Elizabeth in 1965, and Christine in 1966. In 1966, we returned to the states to spend a year at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.

    Denis was one of the lucky people in this world who defined his priorities at a young age. He told me that his first duty was to God, his second duty was to his country, and his third duty was to his family. I understood taking a back seat to God, but was a bit miffed to be behind Country, especially when he volunteered for Viet Nam. His values would not have allowed any other decision; it wasn’t easy, but it was simple. He had a plan to go into San Francisco politics when he returned. He was sure it was possible for an honest patriot to affect change in his City, and ultimately his Country. He was a most unusual young man.

    Though I remarried, Denis’ six sisters and their families have remained family. Elizabeth and Christine, then their brother, Curt, are lucky to have grown up being loved by their O’Connor aunties.

    We still miss that wise and funny man. What a loss.
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  • Denis O'Connor

    Posted on 3/4/02 - by Christine Banducci
    I was 20 months old when my father was killed, and my sister was 2 1/2. Our knowledge of our Dad comes from the memories and letters that our Mom has shared, and from the wonderful relationships that we will forever have with all of his six sisters.
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.