Shared Photo: Captain Lawrence M. O'Neil

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I wanted to share this family photo of Larry O'Neil with the community. Location: Brookline, Massachusetts. Date: 1990s.
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in The Tree House by David T Robertson G2G6 (7.8k points)
My other photo got so many comments.  I decided to post another.  And who do I pick? The O'neil family again. with ten girls and two boys there was always something happening at  the O'Neils.  This picture is Captain Larry O'Neil.  The first brother of those ten girls.  His mother thought that he should be around men not girls so at 17 1/2 she enlisted him into the Army.  After boot camp his first assinment was guarding the Berlin Wall. As he marched back and forth his Lieit. came up.  The two men could hear voices from the other side.  "I wish we knew what they are saying the Lieut. commented.  Oh, their just bitting about the coffee. Since the wall went up they can't get good coffee. The Lieut. thought we have something special here." So,soon the Army sent him to language school.And it was not long before he could speak German, Bulgarian and Russain. To make a long story short over his carreer he learned over 50 languages.  He was often assigned to listen to the enemy and tell us what they were going to do. He went all around the world and yet he had time to father ten children of his own.  He rose in rank from a buck private to a Captain and his last assignment was as a Commander in his forth tour of duty in VietNam.  He got seriously injured.in the Tet  offencive.  But not before giving the Viet-cong their do.  He was awarded the Silver Star for his service in that action.  He came home but he could hardly walk.  I saw him just before the opening of the Viet-Nam Memorial and he planded to attend and did.  He had a heart attack while in Washington D.C. and died on the Forth of July.  He was a  really nice fellow.

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