GREENSBORO Ernest R. O'Brien, 91, of Greensboro passed away on Tuesday, November 6, after a lengthy battle with pneumonia.
MGYSGT O'Brien, a 30 year Marine Corps Veteran, had a distinguished military career that began when he enlisted in his hometown of Cleveland, OH. in 1940. After completing boot camp at Perris Island, SC. he was shipped to the South Pacific, where he fought at numerous locales including Guadacanal and Bouganville. MGYSGT O'Brien was awarded a Navy Unit Commendation with a Bronze Star for Valor for his efforts at Bouganville. Assignments in China followed and O'Brien was sent to Korea in 1952. He also had three tours of Vietnam in 1963, 1966, and 1969. Stateside, O'Brien was stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC., Norfolk, VA., Camp Pendleton, CA.. San Diego, CA. and retired at El Toro Marine Corps Airbase in Irvine, CA. in 1970.
Ernest is survived by his wife, Phyllis of Greensboro, son James of San Diego, and four grandchildren.
Services provided by Forbis and Dick.
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