March 17-18, 2007

  In Memorium: Tim O'Connor
alpha company at 1993 reunion, featuring tim o'connor

Tim was born in Cincinnati in 1936 (wow, can you believe just a few years older than me). Enlisted in the Marine Corps at the age of Sixteen. As a marine he served in Korea and Vietnam and as a drill instructor at Parris Island, becoming an expert advisor on guerrilla warfare. In 1967, with the rank of gunnery sergeant, he requested his own discharge and transferred to the Army Airborne Infantry in order to return to combat in Vietnam. His tour of duty there as an Army platoon sergeant during the 1968 Tet Offensive forms the central subject of his riveting memoir, Blood Brothers.

From the Back of Tim O'Connor's Memoir, Blood Brothers

ALPHA Company Letter Announcing Tim's Death

Dear Alpha Comrades:

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing on 9 March 2007 of a great combat Infantryman and Paratrooper, Tim O'Conner, our 2d Platoon Leader through the worst of it in 1968.

His funeral will be 13 March in Apache Junction, Arizona. Our Alpha Comrade, Bob McGowan will represent us.

Rachel and I will send a wreath on Alpha's behalf...

Don Shive

God Bless Tim's wife Jeri and his family.
We will forever remember Tim "Sarge" O'Connor.

Thanks to the Alpha Company website
for use of photograph for this article.

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