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O'Donnell Daffin

O'Donnell Daffin

Mar 19171 - 13th Nov 19443

Life History

Mar 1917

Born in Maryland.1


Occupation Labourer - Building.4

3rd Feb 1941

Other event in Military -.2

World War II Army Enlistment Records

He enlisted as Private 20340756,  O'Donnell Daffin in the Maryland National Guard on 3 February 1941 in Easton, Maryland.
It was recorded at the time of his enlistment that he was employed in construction and was single without dependants.

Maryland National Guard

The 3rd February 1941, was also the day that the Maryland Army National Guard, was inducted into federal service as the 115th Infantry Regiment at Frederick, Maryland as part of the second partial mobilization of the National Guard for World War II.

The Regiment shipped out from the New York Port of Embarkation on 5 October 1942 on the RMS Queen Mary and RMS Queen Elizabeth. They arrived in England on 11 October 1942, and then were attached to the 1st Infantry Division in preparation for the D-Day invasion.

The regiment took part in the D-Day landings on 7 June 1944.

Their participation in the Normandy Campaign continued until it was over on 24 July 1944. They immediately moved into the Northern France Campaign on 25 July 1944. On that day O'Donnell was promoted Sergeant.

The 115th Infantry then started participation in the Rhineland Campaign on 15 September 1944, whereupon they crossed from France to Belgium and the Netherlands both on 27 September 1944, and entered Germany on 30 September 1944.

O'Donnell was "Killed in Action" on 13th November 1944, near Aachen, Germany and was awarded the Purple Heart.

13th Nov 1944

Died in Aachen.3

Other facts


Buried in Spring Hill Cemetery, Easton, Talbot County, MD.3

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