PRIVATE WILLIAM ALBERT O’BRIEN; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

January 3, 1913 (Berlin, NH) – May 30, 1944; 31 years old
Married to the former Helen Martha Micknak (1917-2005) of Waterbury on January 21, 1937
Last local address: 100 East Avenue, Norwalk
Enlisted on September 28, 1943
Service number 31406511


From The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson Mississippi June 1, 1944

Hit-Run Driver Crashes Into Column Of Troops At Shelby, Killing One

Hattiesburg, May 31 — Civilian officers and military police in several southeastern states searched today for a hit and run driver who crashed into a column of Camp Shelby soldiers last night, killing one, and injuring two, one seriously. Major Carl Henne, Camp Shelby area Provost Marshall, said the car was a black sedan, and that the right headlight was broken in the collision with the marching troops who were on a military problem. The collision occurred about two miles south of the camp entrance on Highway 4. PFC William O’Brien, 100 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut, was killed instantly. Private Waldemar E. Spitzer, RFD 1, Kenosha, Wisconsin, was seriously injured and Private Clifton Coones, Mellenville New York, suffered fractures.


From The Norwalk Hour June 1, 1944

Mrs. Helen O’Brien of 100 East Avenue has received word that her husband, Private First Class William O’Brien, 31, was killed in an auto accident at Camp Shelby, Mississippi on Tuesday night. He was formerly of Waterbury. Before enlisting, he worked for Heim Company of Fairfield. He leaves besides his wife, brothers and sisters in Waterbury. The funeral will be held in Waterbury Saturday morning in St. Ann’s church.

Burial information is unknown

Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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