WWII soldier repatriated remains will be interred at Golden Gate National Cemetery Friday July 15, 2011
- "It seems PFC O’Toole has no surviving family members. We invite you to serve in their stead as he is laid to rest."
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From: Don Hale
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Below is a message from the Director of the Golden Gate National Cemetery. I thought it is worth sending out.
Semper Fidelis -
Mike "Belmo" Belmessieri
Gen. J.C. Breckinridge Detachment # 010
Marine Corps League
Would like to extend an invitation to attend an upcoming service for a WWII soldier whose repatriated remains will be interred at Golden Gate National Cemetery on Friday July 15, 2011 at 10 a.m. with full honors.
PFC Edward O’Toole, Co. D, 333rd Regiment, 84th Infantry Division, was listed as missing in action on Nov. 20, 1944 in western Germany. Remains recovered from the area have recently been identified by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command as those of PFC O’Toole. He will be buried in the same grave as his veteran brother.
It seems PFC O’Toole has no surviving family members. We invite you to serve in their stead as he is laid to rest.
Director, Golden Gate & San Francisco National Cemeteries
1300 Sneath Lane, San Bruno, CA 94066
FAX 650.873.6578_____________________________Edward O'Toole | Visit Guest BookEdward Lawrence O'Toole Army Private First Class (PFC) Edward Lawrence O'Toole of San Francisco, California, missing in action from World War II, died November 20, 1944 in Sggerath, Germany as the result of enemy action. PFC O'Toole's remains were recovered February 2, 2010 in Sggerath and his eventual identification was made by the Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command. PFC O'Toole, a member of D Company, 333rd Infantry Regiment, 84th Division was killed in action when his unit engaged enemy forces in the Wrm Valley in western Germany in an attempt to capture the towns of Geilenkirchen, Sggerath, Mllendorf, and Wrm. He was followed in death by his parents, Coleman and Bridget (Coyne) O'Toole, and six siblings, Barbara J. O'Toole, Thomas F. O'Toole, Mary C. (O'Toole) Dunne, John J. O'Toole, Michael H. O'Toole, and Catherine B. (O'Toole) McDougall. PFC O'Toole has no known living relatives. Graveside services with full military honors will be held Friday, 15 July 10:00 a.m. at the Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, CaliforniaPublished in San Francisco Chronicle on July 10, 2011From the Online Guest Book - You are welcome to add your condolencences.July 10, 2011May you rest in peace with God, your family, and your brothers in arms. I lost my uncle who was in the army air force from San Francisco in Italy on Feb, 08, 1944. Thanks for your sacrifice!!July 09, 2011Dear Edward,
Thank you for your sacrifice. As part of the greatest generation,you helped make the world a better place. I will be there Friday when you are laid to rest with so many others that gave the ultimate sacrifice. Peace.July 08, 2011Dear Mr. O'Toole. I couldn't have known you. Was not born when you gave your life. But I want you to know how much I appreciate your sacrifice. You and others like you gave our country a lease on life and allowed us to become a beacon for the world. Right now we are facing significant obstacles. But the power of your example demonstrates that anything is possible, if only we are as willing as you were to exhibit the spirit of unselfish sacrifice that becomes an irresistible power for good. GOD willing, we will prevail so that your and so many others' sacrifices will not ultimately be in vain, and the flag will yet fly over the land of the free and the home of the brave. Welcome home. Please rest in peace.July 07, 2011My uncle was killed in the Phillipines on the previous day. He also lies at rest at Golden Gate. I thank God Edward O"Toole has come home, my
condoldeces and gratitude to his family.July 04, 2011All gave; some gave all.
Born: December 7, 1941(the actual day Pearl Harbor was bombed at St. Mary's Hopital in San Francisco.
Drafted 4/3/64; served until 1966 in the 440th Signal Battalion. Practicing law in S.F.
RIP. I will be at your serviceJuly 02, 2011You have Come Home now; may you find Rest in the Arms of Angels that led you to Heaven. From A Grateful American.July 01, 2011I hope you rest in peace, just like the Veteran in the picture...We Will Never Forget. You did not die in vain. All of the children and grandchildren we had are your kids. God Bless All of the souls that died. They gave, so that we could be free. God Save America
Thank you for being there for us.
A Korean era veteran.July 01, 2011On behalf of a greatful nation, please accept my thanks and appreciation of giving the final measure to this great country. Your brother in arms salute you and wish you eternal peace.
Capt Kevin Bertelsen, US Navy (Orinda Resident)
Forward deployed with Combined Joint Task Force-HOA
"We carry the torch"June 30, 2011Like everyone else, I too do not know Edward. I also am very grateful for his service, and that he is finally home. I promise to attend your service on July 15th to pay honor to to you, and your ultimate sacrifice to our country. Welcome home, and Thank You...June 29, 2011A grateful nation thanks you for your sacrifice. May legends of angels guide you to your final resting place and to your long lost family. R.I.P.June 28, 2011Rest in Peace Soldier.
I'm sorry your life ended at such a young age but I'm glad you're finally home, on American Soil.
Thanks for your sacrifice. You and your buddies saved us from the horrors of the Nazi's and gave millions of us a chance to live a full life.June 28, 2011Thank you for your service. Welcome home. Anne H.~June 27, 2011PRC O'Toole, America Thanks you for service to our country. YOU have fought the fight that won us the war. YOUR body and soul has made it back home. Reunited with your mother, father, siblings, other relatives and fellow comrades on US SOIL.
Moreno Valley, CAJune 27, 2011Thank you PFC O'Toole, for your service to our country. May your soul finally be at rest in the arms of our Lord. Amen.June 26, 2011From a distant relative; Rest in Peace PFC Edward O'Toole and your service is appreciated by all.
Thomas J. O'Toole
Grass Valley, CAJune 25, 2011Thank you for your service and sacrifice. At last you are reunited with your family and grateful country.June 24, 2011Thank you for your sacrifice, an RVN Vet.June 24, 2011Thank you for your service. As a native San Franciscan, I am proud as well. Welcome home. Rest in peace sir.June 24, 2011I know neither Edward nor his family, but as a retired Marine and a native of San Francisco whose parents were also Irish immigrants, I feel compelled to note his service, his passing, and the proud family that must have held his legacy so high in the years after his reported loss. His Country mourns him and his honored that his remains - after all these years - can be finally laid to rest so close to home.