ROBERT E O'BRIEN
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HONORED ON PANEL 29W, LINE 104 OF THE WALL

ROBERT EDWARD O'BRIEN

WALL NAME

ROBERT E O'BRIEN

PANEL / LINE

29W/104

DATE OF BIRTH

07/19/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

TAY NINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/21/1969

HOME OF RECORD

PAWTUCKET

COUNTY OF RECORD

Providence County

STATE

RI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CAPT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ROBERT EDWARD O'BRIEN
POSTED ON 7.5.2018
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of CPT Robert E. O’Brien

Final Mission of CPT Robert E. O’Brien
On March 21, 1968, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 66-16926) from Headquarters & Headquarters Company (HHC), 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, a Command and Control aircraft for 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, was shot down five miles northwest of Nui Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, RVN, resulting in the deaths of three crewmen and three passengers. The aircraft reportedly was at 1,600 feet when it received small arms fire, started to burn, then exploded as it was landing where it was consumed by fire. The fourth crewperson, aircraft commander WO1 Louis M. Cuvillier III, survived and was rescued. He suffered 1st and 2nd degree burns to his face and shoulder. The gunner on the helicopter, PFC Christopher L. Dellapina, sustained 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree burns to 99% of his body. He was also rescued and evacuated to the burn center at the 106th General Hospital in Japan. However, he succumbed to his injuries on March 30, 1968. The other lost crewmen were pilot WO1 David E. Herschbach and crew chief SP5 Earl M. Matthews. The lost passengers were CPT George E. Menninger, CPT Robert E. O’Brien, and 1LT Leonard L. Preston Jr. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 7.19.2016
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Captain Robert Edward O'Brien, Served with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Calvary Regiment, 1st Calvary Division.
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POSTED ON 6.25.2016
POSTED BY: Bette Senay Silva

God Bless You

You were a great bowler when I met you at the Bowling Alley in East Providence, RI. I can remember you always being there and practicing and practicing. Then you decided to join the Marines. It was a horrendous time in those days when the country was in turmoil over the Viet Nam War but you bravely joined and served the US of A well. May God always watch over you and Bless you and your family.
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POSTED ON 11.8.2015
POSTED BY: Fr. Rene Guesnier

An Outstanding Officer

Captain O'Brien: I have recalled your memory and prayed for you since you were killed. I was a Catholic Chaplain when you were in An Khe. You asked me to lead your soldiers in prayer before you left for a new location. It was my
understanding that you were killed in an ambush while on the way to your new place of duty. You were a very serious and dedicated professional. You were of the finest Catholic soldiers I have ever Known. I will continue to pray for you
until I too die. May you rest in peace.
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POSTED ON 2.18.2014
POSTED BY: John Cloke

My CAPTAIN

Robert O'Brien was the company commander of Bravo Co 2/8 of the First Cavalry Division in 1968. He was a hard driving individual and his favorite saying was, "Drive On!". We liked him and after he left Bravo and especially after he was KIA we loved him. He was a RANGER with a radio name of RANGER 6.

Looking his picture today I could only reflect of the leader he was to me and my fellow soldiers when I served under him. He was a good MAN.
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