Thomas V. O'Hara
|Alternative Address:||NO CONNECTION TO LONGFORD|
|Regiment/Unit:||362nd Infantry Regiment, "L" Company, 91st Division, U.S. Army|
|Date of Death:||29-09-1918|
|Cause:||Died of wounds, The Battle of St. Mihiel (probable), France|
|Memorial:||Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Faucon, France|
Thomas was born in Virginia City, Nevada on the 19 April 1896. Prior to the war he was working as a ranch hand in Carson City, Nevada.
Thomas enlisted for war service in Nevada, serving in what was sometimes nicknamed as the 'Wild West Division'. He travelled with his regiment to the front on the Empress of Russia, (which was likely painted in its 'dazzle' camouflage pattern), leaving New York on the 6 July 1918.
Thomas was killed in action during the Battle of St. Mihiel, possibly during the assault on Gesnes; the division was believed to have lost nearly a quarter of its strength on the 29 September alone. Thomas's next-of-kin was listed as being Mrs. T.H. O'Connor, 355 14th Street, San Francisco, California, close to the San Francisco Armory.
Thomas's death was announced in the California press:
Carson City Boy Down. CARSON CITY (Nev.), November 14.- Thomas O'Hara, well known resident of Carson City, has been killed in France, according to word received by his aunt, Mrs. Bridget Smith. He met his death in a recent battle. The young soldier leaves several relatives here. One of his sisters was killed in a train accident at the Virginia Street crossing in Reno some years ago.
|Notes:||Thomas's next-of-kin in WW1 may have been Mrs. T.H. O'Connor, 355 14th Street, San Francisco, California, close to the San Francisco Armory, but it is possible this name was associated with another man with a similar name.|