Last Letters Home: Cpl. Patrick Francis O’Keefe

Frank O’Keefe says the last time he saw him, he took him to the airport right after Thanksgiving. He says he still remembers the doors to the corridor out to the plane closing.

News 12 Staff

May 29, 2021, 2:55 AM

Updated 1,143 days ago

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Frank O’Keefe, from Woodlawn, remembers “hero” Cpl. Patrick Francis O’Keefe - who gave his life for his country on March 4, 1968 in south Vietnam. 
Patrick Francis O’Keefe was in the Army and worked for a mobile unit transporting supplies to the troops. He died when his vehicle tipped over in the rice. 
Patrick Francis O’Keefe was just shy of his 21st birthday. He was 20 years old and would have been 21 in just two more months. 
“I pretty much learned everything that I could learn, outside of school, from him and his friends,” said Frank O’Keefe. 
Frank O’Keefe says the last time he saw him, he took him to the airport right after Thanksgiving. He says he still remembers the doors to the corridor out to the plane closing. 
Frank O’ Keefe says that was the last time he ever saw his brother. 
“Not a day goes by when I think about what we would have done together. How much he would have loved my wife, Mary, and how much he would have loved my children and my grandchildren,” said Frank O’Keefe.


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