O'BRIEN, Richard

Rank: 
Lance Sergeant
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
5340890
LSgt O'Brien, 2 troop, was one of the Commandos who returned from Operation Chariot, the raid on St Nazaire. He sailed on board ML 447.
 
6 months later he was one of the ten Commandos who took part in Operation Musketoon. Seven were taken prisoner and later executed. LSgt O'Brien evaded capture after the successful raid and made it back to the UK.  He was awarded the DCM for his actions during this raid.
(Source: LG Publication date: 5 March 1943, Supplement: 35929, Page: 1118)
 
The following year, now with the rank of Acting Sergeant,  he was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry between the 10th and 18th Sept. 1943 during the battles of Salerno, Dragone Hill, and Piegolelle (also seen spelt as Piegolette) .
(Source: LG Publication date: 13 January 1944, Supplement: 36327, Page: 258)
 

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