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Robert E. O'Bannon
Major, United States Air Force
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Thanks to Bill Harbin, the Major's nephew, of Memphis, Tennessee, for reminding of us his uncle's story:

From a contemporary news report:

Services will be Saturday for Robert E. O’Bannon, who died January 6, 2000, at his home in Watsonville, California. He was 78.
 
Major O’Bannon was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was a longtime resident of Whittier, California, until moving to Watsonville four months ago.

During World War II he was a B17 bomber pilot. He was shot down over Germany and spent 11 months as a POW. Later he worked as a building inspector for Los Angeles County.

Major O’Bannon wrote a novel, “Return to Sagan,” based on his visit to the internment camp, Sagan, in Germany.

He was a member of the Rotary Club.

Major O’Bannon is survived by sons Jeffrey and Daniel O’Bannon of Watsonville and Lawrence O’Bannon of Felton; daughters Helen Jo Poulton of Dana Point and Victoria McCharen of Aptos; sisters Evangeline Hughes of Monterey Park and Melba Sheets of Arroyo Grande; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A chapel blessing will be noon Saturday at Davis Memorial Chapel, 609 Main St., Watsonville. A vigil service will be 7 p.m. Friday at Davis Memorial Chapel. Friends may call at the chapel from 1 to 5 p.m. and 6  to 9 p.m. Friday.

Private burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery.


O'BANNON, ROBERT E
MAJOR   US AIR FORCE
WORLD WAR II
DATE OF BIRTH: 02/01/1921
DATE OF DEATH: 01/06/2000
BURIED AT: SECTION 68  SITE 2109
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Posted: 15 July 2004
Prisoner of War (POW) Medal
 

Purple Heart Medal

RE O'BANNON Gravesite PHOTO
 Photo Courtesy of Bill Harbin, July 2005