Samuel M. O'Connor
His Life Story
Samuel in front of a P-38 Lightning
He was quite fond of planes and this one was his favorite.
He had quite the sense of humor
"One of my roommates Capt. Herbert. Victim of splint demonstration"
Secret Airbase in the Aleutian Islands
He was based here on this airbase. Here they ran secret bombing missions to Japan. A well known mission would be the Atomic bomb mission.
Where does he fit into history?
Later on, when the war started he was quite involved with it. He was based in a small strategical airbase that ran secret missions in Japan. This airbase was in the Aleutian Islands where Japanese soldiers were rumored to be. This was true and my great grandfather lost a great friend due to this. A Japanese soldier snuck into my grandfathers tent in the middle of the night and stabbed his good friend and tent mate. My great grandfather was outside the tent at the time and when he returned and was attacked as well. He was able to kill the soldier. Other than this, he never had any more action in combat.
After the war, he returned to California and worked at a military base as a doctor and surgeon. On August 5, 1946 he retired from the military and went home to his family. After his retirement he was able to see some cool events including the first color TV as well as the foundation of NASA.
This is a 1911 Irish Census when my great-grandfather was only 6 years old.
This was a US Census from 1940
This shows my grandfather and his sister. It also shows their maid.
A photo of Samuel and Helen O'connor
This photo was take 4 years before Samuel died.