It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of our WWII shipmate Clem O'Brien. He qualified on the USS Albacore (SS-218) in 1943. Clem made 8 WWII combat patrols.
Clement Edward O'Brien, 94, passed away April 10, 2015 at home in Upper Arlington with family. Born November 12, 1920 in Wheeling, West Virginia to the late Judge JJP and Blanche O'Brien, he was one of eight children, all deceased. He graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1942, and served as a submariner on the USS Albacore (SS-218) in the Pacific in World War II, receiving a Bronze Star and Navy Commendation for valor in combat. He attended Navy flight training and continued to serve until retiring in 1962 as a Commander and settling in Upper Arlington. An avid aviator, he was a quality control engineer with North American Aviation/Rockwell Int'l before moving with his family to St. Johnsbury, Vermont, working for Fairbanks Industries. He retired and returned to Upper Arlington in 1987. Clement married Jacqueline Lee Crook in 1949 and raised twelve children together until her death in 1999. He remarried in 2003 to Nancy Hall. He was proud of his family, his Irish heritage, and his service to his country. He was blessed with 38 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his first wife, Jacqueline, and his daughter, Janet Paniccia. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and his children, Maureen Kerscher, Dierdre (Rick) Bersnak, Kevin (Charlotte), Sheila (Dave) Rodriguez, Tracy (Fred) Fisher, Sean (Mary), Michael (Marie), Neal (Maureen), Colin (Olga), Ned (Margaret), and Mark (Maura). Family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 15th 2015 at the SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Rd., Upper Arlington. Columbus Base will honor Commander Clem O'Brien and will be wearing vests. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 1559 Roxbury Rd. Monsignor John Cody will celebrate the Mass and internment will follow at a later date at Resurrection Cemetery. Columbus Base will make a $100.00 donation to the USSVI Scholarship Fund in Clem's memory. We will miss you, Clem. Sailor, Rest Your Oar. Jim Tolson Commander, Columbus Base
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