WWI Soldier Patrick O’Brien Awarded the Purple Heart Medal Almost 100 Years Since His Death

WWI soldier Patrick O’Brien has recently been awarded the Purple Heart Medal almost 100 years since his death while in action during the Great War.

The Purple Heart Medal, accepted by his family on his behalf, was given Monday, May 11, at Enfield, Connecticut.

WWI Private Patrick O’Brien enlisted to fight during the First World War and got wounded in France in 1918. After receiving treatment for the wounds he sustained, he went back with his unit but was eventually killed later on while in action.

Aside from the Purple Heart Medal, O’Brien also received the World War I Victory Medal. Both military decorations were presented to his niece, Mary Knapp, who herself is a veteran of the Air Force.


Heziel Pitogo

Heziel Pitogo is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE