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Jim O'Sullivan


Date and Place of Birth: Date Unknown New York, NY
Date and Place of Death:    April 1943 South Pacific
Baseball Experience: College
Position: Catcher
Rank: First Lieutenant
Military Unit: USMC
Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations

James A. O'Sullivan was born in New York city and attended Bates College in Lewiston, Washington, where he excelled as a catcher in baseball and football. O'Sullivan was also on the basketball and swimming teams.

Graduating from Bates in 1941, he enlisted in the Navy the following year and trained as a pilot. He transferred to the Marine Corps in February 1943 and served in the Pacific. First Lieutenant O'Sullivan was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for participation in an aerial attack that resulted in the sinking of a Japanese transport ship.

James O'Sullivan was killed in action in the South Pacific in April 1943.

Bates College 1941

Bates College baseball team 1941 (O'Sullivan is front row, third from left)

Bates College 1941

Bates College football team 1941 (O'Sullivan is second row, third from right, #18)

Mirror, Bates College, 1941
Lewiston Evening Journal, April 15, 1943

Date Added June 27, 2014

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