Donald Francis O'Shea

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Donald Francis O'Shea

Birthdate: (18)
Death: April 08, 1956 (18)
Place of Burial: Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Peter Joseph O'Shea and Nora Frances O'Shea
Brother of Private and Private

Managed by: Lauren Karina Perez
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About Donald Francis O'Shea

Died in the "Ribbon Creek Incident." There is a family videorecording of sister, Terry Perez, recounting the story.

"Birth: Mar. 23, 1938 Death: Apr. 8, 1956 Beaufort County South Carolina, USA

US Marine Corps Veteran

A Co, 3rd Bn, Plt 71

The Ribbon Creek incident is the most common term for events which occurred on the night of April 8, 1956, when Staff Sergeant Matthew McKeon, a junior drill instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, marched his assigned platoon into Ribbon Creek, a swampy tidal creek. The incident resulted in the deaths of six United States Marine Corps recruits. McKeon was found guilty of possession and use of alcoholic beverage." (

Google turns up numerous other reports on the death. There is also a book by John C. Stevens: Court-martial at Parris Island: the Ribbon Creek incident

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Donald Francis O'Shea's Timeline

March 23, 1938
April 8, 1956
Age 18
Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States