John Ashley O'Brien
John Ashley O'Brien
  • July 16, 1918 - September 20, 2017
  • Ft Belvoir, Virginia

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Colonel John Ashley O'Brien (age 99) died September 20 at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. Colonel O'Brien was born in Albany, NY, the son of Daniel J. O'Brien and Grace Ashley O'Brien. He attended schools in Cohoes and Albany before enlisting in the U.S. Army in September 1940. He worked with General Eisenhower as part of the Supreme Allied Expeditionary Forces (SHAEF) first in England and later in France and Germany. Upon returning to the U.S. he earned his BS and MBA from Syracuse University. O'Brien was then recalled to active duty for the Korean and Vietnam wars. Following his retirement, he served as a volunteer at the Fairfax Hospital, Sully Plantation, U.S. Army Emergency Relief and Cohoes Hospital before moving to The Fairfax, Belvoir Woods retirement community. He was a life member of the American Legion, National Association of Uniformed Services and the Retired Officers Assoc. He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Association U.S. Army and the Irish American Cultural Institute. He was a charter member of the Belvoir Council, Knights of Columbus and a 4th Degree Member of the Potomac, Knights of Columbus. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the U.S. Army Emergency Relief Office, Ft. Belvoir, VA 22060. He is survived by his nephew William Beaudoin (Mary), his niece Mary Ann Sherman and her children David Sherman (Chrissy) of Swainsboro, GA, Dan Sherman of East Greenbush, NY and Kathy Beardsley (Sam) of East Greenbush, NY, great niece Kathleen Beaudoin, great great nephew Dylan Beardsley, great great nieces Emily and Grace Beardsley, and Sara and Harper Sherman. A visitation will be held at DEMAINE FUNERAL HOME, 520 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314 on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10:00am - 12:00pm. A mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Ft. Myer Old Post Chapel with interment to follow at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA at a later date.

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