Helen A O'Brien (1924 - 2009)

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Helen A O'Brien
1924 - 2009
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April 20, 1924
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December 23, 2009
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Helen A O'Brien was born on April 20, 1924. She died on December 23, 2009 at age 85.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Great Lakes National Cemetery Section 5 Site 563 4200 Belford Road, in Holly, Michigan 48442
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Branch of service: Us Air Force
Rank attained: TSGT
Wars/Conflicts: Korea, Vietnam

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Helen A O'Brien died on December 23, 2009 at 85 years of age. She was buried in Great Lakes National Cemetery Section 5 Site 563, Holly, Michigan. She was born on April 20, 1924. We are unaware of information about Helen's immediate family.

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In 1924, in the year that Helen A O'Brien was born, in May, wealthy college students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnapped and killed 14 year old Robert Franks "in the interest of science". Leopold and Loeb thought that they were intellectually superior and that they could commit the perfect crime and not be caught. They were brought in for questioning within 8 days and quickly confessed. Clarence Darrow was hired as their defense lawyer, getting them life imprisonment instead of a death sentence. Loeb was eventually killed in prison - Leopold was released after 33 years, dying of a heart attack at age 66.

In 1932, when she was merely 8 years old, five years to the day after Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart flew solo from Newfoundland to Ireland, the first woman to cross the Atlantic solo and the first to replicate Lindbergh's feat. She flew over 2,000 miles in just under 15 hours.

In 1957, she was 33 years old when on September 24th, the "Little Rock Nine" (nine African-American students) entered Little Rock High School. Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus had previously prevented the students from entering the school at the beginning of the term with the Arkansas National Guard - they blocked the door. President Eisenhower ordered federal troops - the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army - to guard the students and allow them entry.

In 1968, when she was 44 years old, on January 31st, the North Vietnamese launched the Tet Offensive, a turning point in the Vietnam War. 70,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces swarmed into South Vietnam. The South Vietnamese and US troops held off the offensive but it was such fierce fighting that the U.S. public began to turn against the war.

In 1975, by the time she was 51 years old, on September 5th, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme tried to assassinate President Ford in Sacramento, California. She failed when her gun wouldn't fire. President Ford escaped a second assassination attempt 17 days later on September 22 when Sarah Jane Moore tried to shoot him in San Francisco. A bystander saw her raise her arm, grabbed it, and the shot went wild.

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