Robert E. O'Bannon
Major, United States Air Force
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
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
Photo Courtesy of Bill Harbin, July 2005