January 28, 1895 (Norwalk, CT) – February 4, 1918; 23 years old
Last local address: 14 Union Avenue, Norwalk
Entered the service on December 11, 1917
Serial number 1870162
Unit: Naval Training Station, Newport, Rhode Island
Born to John T. Sheehan (1864-?) and Mary Pugh Sheehan (1865-1923). Two sisters, Elsie (1892-1935) and Eunice (1901-1962). One twin brother, Walter (1895-1953).
Worked for his father as a cigar maker prior to service. Norwalk High School Class of 1913.
Died of “pleurisy, suppurative” at Naval Hospital, Newport, Rhode Island. Pleurisy is inflammation of the pleurae, which impairs their lubricating function and causes pain when breathing. It is caused by pneumonia and other diseases of the chest or abdomen. More than likely related to the Spanish Influenza outbreak.
Austin Avenue renamed Sheehan Street in 1921 in his honor
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Seaman Sheehan is buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery, 15 Broad Street, Norwalk, Connecticut; West Section. Photos by webmaster.