Brother Trucker

67 years ago today...

Men like Mike Fitzpatrick's Father In-law - Sam O'Brien charged the beaches of Normandy and changed the course of World War 2 - and the world for that matter. I can't imagine the fear they must have felt. How a human could summon the kind of courage it would take to survive that kind of horror. I only know that - today - 67 years ago... a man from Oskaloosa, Ia and thankfully, men like him - were there for all of us when it mattered. Mr. O'brien passed away last October.

Samuel was born on July 11, 1920 in Oskaloosa, Iowa, the son of Maxwell A. and Virginia (Slade) O'Brien. Samuel served as a Regiment Liaison Officer during World War II in the 320th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division of the US Army and was awarded a Bronze Star and the French Legion of Honor. Samuel participated in the following Campaigns: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland , Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge), and Central Europe, among the cities that his unit helped liberate were: St. Lo, Mortain, Chataudun, Le Mans, Troyes, Nancy, as well as the Gremecey Forest.

Thank You Mr. O'Brien.


Sam O'Brien born July 11th 1920 is my great uncle. Sam's brother is Maxwell Slade O'Brien and his son is Robert M. O'Brien. Leaving me, Kyle O'Brien, born July 11th 1991

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