Of the Malden men who died in WWI, there is one in particular that I would like you to think about today. His name is Austin O’Hare and he wasn’t born in the United States.
PVT O’Hare was born in Ireland on August 12, 1888 and immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland and on May 4, 1910. On August 19, 1916, he became a U.S. citizen while residing at 43 Julia St, Malden, MA.
In 1917, Austin Francis O'Hare was a resident of Malden and employed as a teamster in Boston.
In May 1918, Austin O’Hare enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve and protect his new country and was sent to France.
On May 26, 1918, PVT Austin F. O’Hare enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was sent overseas to France in July with Company G, 314th Infantry, 79th Division.
Private O'Hare was killed in action November 11, 1918, near Grande Montagne, Gibercy, France.
PVT Austin O’Hare gave his life for his newly adopted country on the last day of WWI 96 years ago today.
PVT Austin Francis O’Hare was killed on Armistice Day, now known as Veterans Day, perhaps only moments before or after the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, November 11, 1918.
PVT O’Hare is buried at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Burial Plot D Row 3 Grave 30, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Departement de la Meuse, Lorraine, France.