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George Eugene O'Brien, Capt., USN (Ret.)

October 16, 1931 - July 22, 2017

George Eugene O’Brien, Capt., USN (Ret.), passed away on July 22, 2017 at the age of 85 years. He was born to the late John and Mary O’Brien in Blytheville, Arkansas.

George graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD and also graduated from NPS (Monterey, CA), the Armed Forces Staff College and Naval War College during his career.  He later went on to serve in the U.S. Navy for 35 years as a Surface Warfare Officer, serving his major command on the USS Raleigh. He attained many decorations and medals for his valor in service.  In his free time, he enjoyed leisure sailing.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Nancy O’Brien; brother, John O’Brien; and sister, Mary Patton.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Kathleen Lawless (Ben) and Victoria Macmillan (Jamie); grandchildren, Shannon Karal (David), Joshua and Jacob Riccio, Nan and Alex Macmillan; great-granddaughter Kennedy Karal; and many other nieces, nephews, and friends.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the kind and loving care of the staff at Harbourway Assisted Living. Memorial contributions may be made to Atlantic Shores Employee Gift Fund, 1200 Atlantic Shores Drive, Va. Beach, Virginia 23454.

A memorial service will be held on October 16, 2017 at the USNA Chapel, Annapolis where George will be laid to rest with his beloved wife at the Naval Academy Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting

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