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Per the Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Ed O'Brien was born on October 24, 1937 and died on April 9, 2000.  The cause of death is not known to the editor at this time.  Ed's last place of residence was Rice Lake Barron Wisconsin.


I knew Chief O'Brien (Edward Charles O'Brien) very well and kept in touch with him for a few years after we both left the Navy. He built a house in Rice Lake, Wisconsin and retired there.

I was saddened to learn that he passed away. Unfortunately, I cannot confirm this or provide further details.

Chief O'Brien was a mentor to me in many ways, as I am sure many CPO's were and continue to be to young sailors - more of an uncle figure rather than a military supervisor. Navy Chief's seemed so old when they were twice our age. Now, on occasion, I run into one and they seem so young.

Jerry Hopkins

Former Shipmate
USS William H. Bates 1974-1977



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